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became a vegetarian, and my dad and step-mother
that I'm not getting protein, and want me to eat
Is that cool?
You can easily get all the protein you need from vegetable sources, without
eating any kind of animals. Proper food combining will ensure that.
Most humans in the industrialized world get far too much protein anyway.
You can ensure you're getting enough protein by eating complementary foods
that together create complete proteins. These take the form of legumes
and grains, (beans and rice). Tofu, tempeh, TVP and other soy products
are just the beginning of a healthy diet.
If you're not totally vegan, you can always supplement your diet with dairy
products or eggs, which will add more than enough protein. Unfortunately
you also get lots more fat, cholesterol, hormones and antibiotics with
dairy products and eggs. So I don't recommend it unless you have
problems with the vegan diet. Eating dairy products also supports
the dairy industry which treats animals like commodities, and only cares
about making profits. Look at the current crisis in Europe resulting
in the unnecessary slaughter of hundreds of thousands (soon to be millions)
of animals just to protect future profits.
I don't recommend eating fish unless they've been farm raised (unnatural).
That's because the oceans are rapidly being depleted of all large life
forms. Pretty soon there will be a huge collapse of the world's fishing
grounds thanks to mankind's voracious appetite for seafood. Already,
30% of the earth's coral reefs are dead. We may see another 50% die
in our lifetime. Yet few people seem to notice or care...
Whatever you eat, please be conscious of the source and honor it.
And I don't mean McDonalds, Inc. On another level we are all in the
same pool of energy, just moving it around from one life form to another.
It's just light transmuting into light. As long as we consume only
what we need, we are keeping things in balance. Learning what we
truly need is a path to enlightenment. It's worth travelling if only
step sister has smoked marijuana and says that it leads her to
I say that is nonsense, because I smoke it and I never
heroin, or any other hard drug for that matter. Now she's
cigarettes and claims they're safer for you that pot. She's
cleaned up now, but I'm afraid that cigarettes are going to make
start shooting up again. I want to make her see that pot is not
gateway drug, and can be very beneficial to you. Any advice will
greatly appreciated. Thanks.
is an important issue that has been propagandized to the max. The
whole concept of a "gateway"
drug is meaningless in psychological terms.
There is absolutely no proof
that doing one drug would lead to another
specific drug being used
by an individual. What psychologists (and
geneticists) have proven
is that certain people are suseptible to becoming
addicts of one sort or another.
It's call addictive personality. And it's
the major factor (that they've
found so far) to determine whether someone
will become addicted to
drugs, cigarettes, alcohol or gambling. Which one
the person chooses can sometimes
be determined by genetic predisposition.
So if someone
has an addictive personality, then sooner or later that
person will succomb to an
addiction. It could even be an addtiction to work! The whole
thing is happening at the level of brain chemistry and scientists are just
beginning to get a handle on it. The truth is there are drugs out
that can break the cycle
of addiction for people, esp. those addicted to
heroin for instance.
Ibogaine is one drug that shows promising results with
a very low relapse rate.
Marijuana too may
well KEEP people off harder drugs, esp. alcohol. Many
people who abuse alcohol
cut back their consumption once they start smoking
pot. It would sure
be great if we could have some stats on this and we need
much more research to determine
the effects and benefits of marijuana, but
of course the U.S. government
would never allow open research on the subject
and has just now approved
the first new studies of marijuana in something
like 30 years!
In the case of your
stepsister, she may be correct that smoking cigarettes
is safer than marijuana
FOR HER. This would be that she can purchase
cigarettes at the corner
grocery store instead of having to seek out drug
dealers who may also have
heroin readily available. This is the only
possible connection between
marijuana and harder drugs is that the laws that
keep marijuana illegal,
also keep the black market dealing marijuana along with
other hard drugs.
So the temptation is always there, esp. when the
dealers run out of marijuana,
smokers wanting to get "high" might opt for
another drug for their party
if it's available. So it's not that it's a
gateway, so much as that
it is illegal that leads people to harder drugs.
Want proof of this
claim? The Dutch have studied this far more than any
country, and when they permitted
coffeeshops to sell marijuana and hashish,
they removed these drugs
from the streets, and separated the users from the
hard drug dealers.
Now there is ample supply of cannabis in Holland, and no
reason for those who use
it to seek out other drugs! In fact the incidence
of all drug use in Holland
is FAR BELOW that of the U.S. But of course the
U.S./DEA drug propaganda
machine will never tell the truth about this.
So it's one thing
to decide not to use marijuana on a personal basis, and
it's quite another to condemn
marijuana as a "gateway" to other drugs. It's
just another LIE.
Load the peace pipe,
The Old Hippy
I am a fifty year old man who just
can't seem to fit into the established way of life. I get by as a vegan
chef but even this venue brings me in contact with people who still don't
seem to get the message from the sixties. I know of many back to nature
old hippies who grow some really good weed but then they turn capitalistic
and sell it for a small fortune. I am contemplating a move to Costa Rica
to get away from politics as usual. my one question is what happened
to L.S.D.? When I was young it really altered my being and led me
to a belief in the be here&now movement of Ram Dass and Alan Watts.
The few times I have tried acid in the last few years it seems weak and
not the same. The walls wiggle a little but there's no insight. What
gives? Has the government taken over the ergot market or is it just
It's not you.
LSD is no longer what it used to be for the most part. The reason
is that kids use it as a party or "rave" drug now, and the lower doses
provide a less intense experience and more profits for the dealers.
The irony is that the new generation of users end up taking anywhere from
two to twenty hits to get off, especially if they've been using it often
(thanks to the quick tolerance that LSD builds).
to the source of the LSD you are the better. It's still distributed
in liquid form, so whomever measures the doses can decide whether to make
it oldstyle 100-500 mikes (micrograms) per dose, or new style 10-100 mikes
per dose (I'm guessing here, I don't have stats). There is a huge
difference between these dosages as you've already noticed.
The good news
is that much of the LSD available is reasonably pure if you have a reliable
source. Yet some idiots still cut it with other drugs including speed,
esp. for the rave crowd who want to keep rolling all night.
I suggest you
try to find out the dosage of the hits you get first (always a good idea).
This would take the form of asking the dealer how many hits for a really
powerful trip. They'll know. You'll probably end up spending
at least $30 for it. Call it the "new math" we heard so much about.
of how you can impress the younger generation of trippers. You should
start the story with something like: "Why I remember way back in the ol'
days, say around '66 when LSD was still legal, we would take just one hit,
and it would be enough to make us merge with the universe, see God, and
be blissed out for days."
Don't it make
you long for the good ol' days???
These times, they are a'
The Old Hippy
the web-site, but there's one small thing that I've just gotta
is opposed to the state in any form - unlike your answer to the
never actually provided a blue print for how a communist community was
to look like or how it was specifically to act. The big idea was
people, who are all equal, to work together in a harmony that was absent
any great overarching power (like when French students and workers took
an area of Paris and created their own artisan style community in
against oppressive politics - your own fellow hippies!). By not
a blue print, Marx thought that people would be able to create a
community free from the prescriptions of an antiquated era, that
would eventually evolve away from capitalism once it had reached its
and instead search for a better way of living where there was no
based on material wealth, race, colour or gender (the sort of
of living that resembles Star Trek I guess, no ones got a higher )
by not providing a blue-print he left his ideals open to
by some pretty nasty guys (i.e.. China, Russia, Serbia etc.).
that's the problem with art - it generally can be interpretated by
in line with their own self interest.
he just saw a lot of corruption, poverty, inequality, bulling and
pain in the 18th Century ( very anti-hippy behaviour!) and
to motivate people to change things. Unfortunately the world was
quite barbaric in those days and so Marx's revolution was portrayed in
way that people could associate with - namely a bloody uprising (aka
French revolution, China, Serbia etc.). I think that Marx gets
on a bit too much - after all he was only a guy with a concept that
world needed to be improved for the benefit of all. And that is
that were all familiar with (and remember there were a lot more
people in history with worse ideals than that).
fellow hippy - do not judge those who you have not met - and never listen
gossip coz it poisons your head.
love and mushrooms
What you are
describing is more like anarchy than communism. Anarchy is
anti-system, where as Marx
just saw replacing one "system" with another. Much of Marx's focus
was on the economics of society, and even though he took a sociologist's
approach, he completely ignored human psychology (a new field at the time).
And I was discussing communism in practice, more than theory. Communism
in it's pure form is something completely different, most closely resembling
the communes of the 60s till the present. But just like chickens,
humans tend to establish a pecking order which then invests more power
in the hands of a few who then control the masses. It's inevitable
as long as humans remain self-centered and greedy.
By not providing
a blueprint (which would always be unworkable anyway),
Marx copped out. He
just put down the existing system without really
offering a viable alternative
(as did many hippies). Fortunately many
hippies did explore alternatives,
but these were limited to very small
communities of mostly like-minded
individuals. And as you can see most of
these have failed for one
reason or another. The only ones that remain are
those that launched "capitalist"
enterprises that could bring in revenue
from outside the commune
to keep it alive. And the politics of communes can
be just as fucked as those
of the greater society. I know of many where the
"leaders" took advantage
of their fellow communers, and exploited them -
these sometimes but not
always had some kind of religious bent.
And if you think
the world ISN'T barbaric anymore, you haven't traveled
much, and aren't keeping
up with what's happening in the world. In fact why
not look in your own backyard
at the ANIMAL HOLOCAUST that is occuring just
for economic reasons.
It's completely unnecessary. This is capitalism
showing its true colors.
Just wait until it's a disease affecting humans.
You can expect a similar
response. Unfortunately, THAT day is coming....
-The Old Hippy
first of all, i just wandered on to your website tonight,and i love it.
only 16, and i still have alot to learn and this website helps alot.
am 16 years old. my father says that i am the most liberal minded
teenager that he
and will ever have known. i have a great deal of respect for my dad, but
was kind of afraid to ask him what exactly it is that liberal means. i
want him to think i was stupid you know? can you help me? i also have
question. my older family members and teachers at my school make
remarks about me being ''such a little hippie"((that's what they
me)) is it such a bad thing that i have the same morals and beliefs as
they were there once,right? my teachers are always trying to
like to see if i am into drugs..i have my share ya know..but doesn't
why are they so curious?anyway, thanx for your time and i hope to
from you soon.
love old hippie,
current definition of liberal is someone who advocates economic equality
personal freedom. In other words, liberals are the antithesis of
(in theory anyway). Conservatives advocate submission to
concept of conformity - usually based on religious convictions. They
everyone to toe their line. Conservatives also oppose sharing the
They feel they've "earned it" and expect everyone to do likewise,
they oppose welfare and most democratic institutions that seek to help
course, your dad is probably referring to the personal freedom part.
are calling you a little hippie, it's probably because you visually
them of other hippies because of how you dress, wear your hair, speak
act. Rarely are people accused of being hippies because of how they
But that is at the core of being a hippie.
you are very vocal, if you defend those who others attack, if you treat
equally, if you are concerned about the rights of other people as
as animals, if you respect the environment, if you're a vegetarian, if
advocate the use of marijuana or other mind expanding drugs, if you
visions of a better world where peace, love, respect and tolerance
not just empty words, then my friend, you are one of us, regardless of
that means more than any label.
My Old Hipster!
it's such a great thing your doing 'cause there's so many
young hippies out there like me! I'm quite interested in communism but
quite make my mind up.I think I know the very basics ( equal rights,
to the people etc) but I can't figure much more out. You only get 2
of info about it that which is too small (ie. encyclopedia) and
which is too long (I read a book about Marx and just got so confused I
to go for a smoke to clear my head!) I think it could be quite a good
you could explain to me what the basics are so I can make my mind up
be well chuffed! Also do you know anything about the Young Communists if
like the idea I may join.
Love and Happiness
Why is it every one I know who smokes pot is a dick a bout it ( the
get high must get absolutely wrecked on any manky shit in any manky
in the same way as people drink to excess as appose to me who does it to
out listen to tunes and OPEN MY MIND, why can't there be anyone cool
upon a time, many hippies embraced communism. It's a great theory
that everyone should have equal power and wealth. But that's the
It's just an economic theory that lacks respect for individuality,
spirituality. By forcing people to conform, yield to the power
the state, which then determines what's best for you and everyone else,
end up with the worse totalitarian systems. Don't think so?
former Soviet Union, Red China, North Korea, even Milosovich's Serbia.
problems inherent in communism become apparent when power becomes
in the hands of a few. "Power corrupts, absolute power
absolutely!" That statement pretty much sums it up. In practice
concentrates all the power, thus corrupting those on top and the
system. The other failing is that humans aren't just needy, they're
The failure of the communist regimes was that those with the power
the only ones able to satisfy their greed, while the rest could barely
their needs. So far from creating a worker's paradise, communism
was nothing more than a huge slave camp, with the workers toiling
for the benefit of a few powerful comrades (party members).
succeeds because it rewards any individual who contributes to the
regardless of their political status. It is caters to human greed
than ignoring it. So the more you work the more you prosper.
those who refuse to contribute still expect to be rewarded, and can
awfully upset when they don't. But the real problem that inspired
is the exploitation of workers. And this persists under
because the prevailing business model is one where executives
"maximizing profits" as the holy grail. Thus workers are often paid
wage, especially in third world countries, given as few benefits as
and can be abused in many ways. This is a major failing of the
system and could be cured very easily.
big flaw is the exploitation of resources, and pollution of the
(the communists were REALLY good at this!). This problem is due
the fact that the economics of diminishing resources, and the destruction
ecosystems do not get factored into every Nike or Ford Expedition that
made. Instead the world is left absorbing that cost while reckless,
businesses profit from it. This is because governments are
beholden to the multi-national business interests that help the leaders
elected. Politicians get pressured by lobbyists to allow them to
their exploitive ways. Again it's individuals receiving bribes (oh
meeeeeee.... campaign contributions) that make these decisions
benefit corporate interests at the expense of their constituients (the
your question was about communism, no? Forget it! And though
may be more successful, in the long run, it's almost as bad.
as far as smoking pot is concerned, the problem you mention is the
between use and abuse, respect for a sacred herb and disrespect
one's own body. There's lots of cool people around, you just need
some new friends (perhaps some older ones).
a 29 year old that is miserable here in New Jersey.
extremely unsatisfied with the yuppie lifestyle in the suburbs. I'm
consumed with money and material possesions. And don't want to be
by this mentality.
question to you is............where would you recommend a single
relocate to be around like minds. Like minds meaning, people who are into
spirituality, the arts, and most importantly are kind, warm
for the insight,
You don't need to relocate
to find kynd people. If you get a chance check out the Rainbow gatherings,
(http://welcomehome.org), the Phish
tour, or the Furthur festival tour to meet like minded individuals of all
ages. Be prepared for a shock if you haven't been to one before.
(a good shock). Of course you could just travel, preferably to other
countries, especially those where people live their spirituality (buddhist,
hindu, islamic countries). That will open your mind and help you
to meet people who have other priorities besides money and possessions.
You could also visit a retreat where you can get involved in something
that interests you. Yoga, arts, self-discovery, massage, diet and
lifestyle change are just some of the types of retreats that can put you
in touch with your inner-self and give you an opportunity to meet others
with similar interests.
So it's not where you live,
it's who you meet everyday that can make a difference in your life, and
you in theirs. May you meet some interesting souls on your path.
-The Old Hippy
hey old hippie,is it bad to smoke
every once and awhile and
I'm not sure (never been
in that position, hehe). If only they would let
scientists research these
issues it would be in everyone's best interest.
But I can't see any harm
if it's just occasional use. You certainly
wouldn't be the first!
-The Old Hippy
old hippy, i have a question for
you. my friends and myself smoke a lot of pot with our friend syd
and he doesnt ever get high at all. we smoke lots and lots with him
all the time but he never catches a slight buzz. i was wondering
if you can provise me with some info on this topic. thanks.
is different. Some people don't get affected the way others do.
Some people are naturally high, and pot doesn't affect them, believe it
or not, though this is very rare. Sometimes the pot isn't good, sometimes
the person doesn't inhale far enough or keep it in long enough. Also
some people might be taking prescription medication that interferes with
their THC receptors in the brain, so they don't feel it. But my guess
is Syd is different. If he tried eating mj brownies, that might make
a difference, since the metabolite is different and much more potent.
more from the Old Hippie!