The hippie movement of the 1960s sprang on the scene during my childhood. As a girl in grammar school and high school, I was only able to imagine what it would be like to be a hippie as I viewed it from afar. It was easy to gravitate towards the movement because adults had disdain for it. During this time, there were heated conversations about many issues including the Vietnam War. Therefore, being labeled a hippie was either a compliment or an insult depending on who was talking. Hindsight gives perspective to the attitudes of my youth and provides insight into the effects of the “hippie movement” in our day and the culture it has helped shape.
Recently I was going through the following essay, How to Produce a Hippie by R.J. Rushdoony, with my high school students at a missionary school in Mexico during our weekly Skype class. I was surprised that they knew who the hippies were.