Monday, February 13, 2006

The Hippy Paradox, or Hippyocrisy

I think that hippies (a loaded word, obviously, self-perscribed usually, mainly derogatory otherwise) have serious pathological issues that have failed to come to the attention of the world-at-large. The lack of public attention is due, in part, I believe, to a certain fascination that "they" provoke in the collective mind of the general public. I mean, just think about how many candy-coated nostalgic tributes in film, song and television media there have been to this loosely associated group of irresponsible, generally not well-educated people! Their issues lie in the paradoxical nature of their actions and belief systems, a flaw in their intellectual make-up that inevitably leads to suffering and discontentment (when was the last time you met a sincerely happy and well-adjusted hippy?)

The paradox is this:

Open-mindedness, a fundamental tenet in the vaguely defined "hippie belief system", is self-ascribed (and thus freely ascribed to them by others) to such an extent that it becomes pathological. This pathology then serves to undermine its basic premise, rendering its bearers extremely close-minded to everything that doesn't fit into their "open-minded" belief system. As I stated before, hippies are nothing more than a loosely associated group of irresponsible, generally not well-educated, (and here we add) extremely close-minded group of people.

I use the term "loosely associated" because, and really think about this, what is a hippie? Usually marijuana comes to mind immediately. Tie-dye and Grateful Dead, social justice and Eastern mysticism, the list continues forever - and therein lies my essential point - they are not a cohesive social group. They may share certian vaguely defined ideological stances, but they by no means constitute a unified social movement, such as the Civil Rights Movement, nor are they a coherent social institution, such as the United Methodist Church.

Second, "irresponsible" and "generally not well-educated" were similarly not terms chosen lightly. Any group who even begins to advocate the use of mind-altering drugs in a recreational setting is obviously engaged in irresponsible behavior. Certain social institutions, such as particular Native American tribes, advocate drug use in a strictly ritualized fashion. This is acceptable as it is rooted in thousands of years of tradition and is subject to the aforementioned ritual methods and is therefore an essential aspect of their belief system. Hippies love Native Americans because of this, however, it really only serves to undermine their ideas about drug use exactly because of the existence of ritual in the latter case. Hippies use drugs to get high. I'm not sure exactly who said it, I think it was Joseph Campbell (another person whose beliefs are consistently misrepresented by "hippies"), who said, "the drug user drowns in the waters that the mystic swims in." What he was referring to was the lack of a ritual system, steeped in tradition, that serves to guide drug use and imbues it with deeper meaning. Hippies misconstrue genuine religious experience with getting high and listening to Phish. The reasons for this are complex, but suffice it to say it is mainly because they are superficial thinkers at best, lazy at worst. Take that hippy!

That last point segues well into the next: in spite of their endless proselytizing and self-important intellectual banter, most hippies simply are not well-educated. Sure, they may be able to recite lines from Aldous Huxley's Doors of Perception or quote a few Zen koans, but this is no more "well-educated" than is a 2nd grader reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. If most hippies had an ounce of the creative power of Aldous Huxley, or a slight semblence of the severe mental discipline of a Zen Buddhist monk, they simply would not act like they generally do. Their lack of intellectual firepower forces them to act hostile to those who do not share their views (example #1, example #2, example #3, the list could literally go on forever) , to associate in pathetic groups in order to make them feel better about themsleves (example #1, example #2, example #3, you get the idea) , and generally engage in weird, assanine behavior (example #1 - definitely look at this one, example #2, example #3). Furethermore, it leads hippies to automatically accept at face value anything containing certain "keywords" such as organic, alternative, natural, psychedelic, etc.

So, you may be wondering, why do I go out of my way to so criticize hippies? My interest in raising public awareness of hippie hypocrisy ("hippyocrisy") is two-fold: first because it is a direct result of the counterculture movement of the 1960s and its current idiotic torchbearers that I may one day be killed by a terrorist, can't tell someone "Merry Christmas" without fear of reprisal, and can't enjoy myself at Widespread Panic concerts anymore, and second, because I simply despise their vacant intellectual affrontery, snobbishness and elitism and would like for more people to understand them for what they really are. I recently graduated from a liberal arts university at which a very loud minority of students routinely interrupted my walks to class with rallies, frisbees and body odor (while their Land Cruisers and Jeep Cherokees took up my parking spaces, paradox, anyone?) and I basically just grew tired of their hypocrisy, ahem, their hippyocrisy.

Thank you for reading if you've made it this far, and please return as I plan to continue to post about hippies and their various assanine behaviors and beliefs, among other things.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoah... nice rant.. I agree

10:36 AM  

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