Hippies can see the merit in the women rights and civil rights movement in 1965. But few people in those days never understood us hippies. All we were known for was drugs, diseases, and bad hygiene. Today we got the gay movement, black movement(still), and other groups of people who complain and then shortly give up. But us hippies set a good example to these groups of today, and even to some who protest over totally stupid things The second generation hippies are groups of people who join us in protests, there is a group that Ive seen ranting about the dumbest things. One day when we were protesting, some government office people threw ice cold water on us saying we were harassing them, but all of us hippies were glad because it was a fucking hot day man and that cold water was a treat!! And all that organic food that's so expensive and popular today-- hippies started that movement. Earth Day-- hippies. The end of the VietNam War--hippies,, it would still be going on if not for the hippie movement. The popularity of low riding jeans-- hippies. Some of the best music ever written-- hippies. The birth of brotherly slang words--hippies. Sure there were some who were just in it for the drugs, but the movement itself was socially and politically important. Too bad that there hasn't been a powerful group of strange and odd looking people since then. "But us hippies keep our lighters lit and held high and proud for the those 9/11 protesters and the occupy wallstreet movements" All of us hippies wanted peace, not war. That is always a worthy goal right? I am sad that the hippie movement didn't engulf us all, for salaries had to be earned, and families supported. Hippies always hung out, smoke and drank and ate other peoples food much of the time. We crashed and hung our hats wherever we happened to be. Life was a merry go round, and being laid back was the rule. Working was for someone else, while we were finding our place in society. Hitchhiking was the only way to see the open roads. Most of my generation were wannabes with a dream to chase and it was safer that way. Some of us had mouths to feed, and responsibilities to keep, Something the hippie generation had never dropped out of. The only hippies Ive seen that still exist were some men with longer hair and punching bellies and a Harley. I don't see many hippies anymore. The younger ones who are too modest to cut their hair, or they have girlfriends who love it long, and call it 'sexy'. There is no hippie cults today to carry our banners and signs or paint vans aimed at the opposition to any of the rights we've seen taken away since the 70's. Where did we all go? We're in our retirement years or dying in our deathbeds, wondering where all the time went and what points did we make to society. And what do we have to show for it? If you had been older at that time, perhaps you'd have a better understanding of what actually took place in the middle 60s and middle 70z. If you are in your early 40's or younger, then I suspect only you know who you are, then you would not have a clear representation of that particular era. Only those who lived in and witnessed the hippy movement can clearly have the insight of what our protests nowadays are lacking. And what do you have to show for society? The Hippie Movement; Sex,drugs and rock-n-roll... Man!Life was good back then!.......... ` but, Im nothing more than just an old burnt-out, ate-up hippie on grasscity... Peace man!