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Hello old hippy,
Well for a while now I have been
going through a pretty rough time. It's
nothing big, but simply me not
being able to relate to this society anymore,
including my friends. See, I just
got back from an outdoors trip where we
stayed in the wilderness for 25
days, and our priorities were nothing but
survival. Out there, in Wyoming,
life was exactly how it should
be.....Spiritual isolation and
just enjoying the beauties of the wilderness.
It was only nine people in my group,
but within these 25 days, these 9 people
understood me more than anyone
could ever understand me here at home. I feel
like out there, I could be so free,
and just appreciate so many things. We
had many solos for long periods
of time, and during those times I experienced
such wonderful solitute, where
I really got in touch with who I am, and was
at such peace with myself. But
now I am back at home, and I am going crazy. I
hate being back in civilization,
with all the bullshit that goes on.
(competition, jealousy, hatred)
These feelings caused me and my boyfriend to
brake up (we had been together
for 6 months) and more and more I feel distant
to my friends and family. I feel
like no one can ever understand how amazing
life is. Not life in society, but
life in true creation, the wilderness. And
the worse part is the fact that
I am losing the connection I had with myself
on the trip. That makes me so sad
because being in touch with who I am was
better than having endless amounts
of friends. I don't know, maybe I still
hold that connection with myself,
but I don't know how to deal with being in
civilization. Any advice at all
would be incredibly appreciated.
Much love and repect
Congratulations on "surviving" your wilderness experience.
a wonderful challenge to confront nature and ourselves
in an isolated
paradise. Unfortunately the tough part is coming
back down to reality.
Just like an LSD trip in which you become one with everything,
truth about yourself and the world, only to return to
the pettiness of human
Under these circumstances I like to remember
that we are here for a
purpose, and discovering that purpose is often extremely
Sometimes it's more of a challenge than surviving a solo
adventure. I believe that learning our purpose
is a process that involves
all those other people we have to deal with day to day,
with all their
faults and frailties. As we come to understand
why we are here, we find
ourselves filling a needed role for these people.
If you keep in mind that
the highest role we can play is one of service, and we
bring into that role
the self-awareness that we have gained from our inner-search,
then we can
become a beneficial presence on the planet.
Through our conscious acts we can raise
the awareness of others so that
they may find a purpose for themselves. Then, rather
than being a burden to
others, they too can contribute a meaningful life in
service to humanity.
If everyone could adopt this attitude and unconditionally
share their energy
and love with those around them, we would have a drastically
society. A society without competition, greed,
envy, intolerance and
violence. In a world where everyone is looking
out only for themselves,
taking, consuming, polluting without thought to the impact
upon others, this
becomes the primary mode of human existence, since there
are no visible
alternatives or role models.
By living our lives with full awareness
and acceptance of responsibility
for our actions, we can become examples of an alternative
lifestyle and even
a role model for others. Even if we don't succeed
in changing the world, we
have at least done the best we could, and we've been
true to our heart.
When times get tough, and it seems that
everything around you is
preventing you from being true to yourself, remember
that life on this
planet is just a movie. We all have our roles and
those of us who are
conscious can also rewrite our scripts so our part better
represents who we
truly are, not how others would like us to be.
At a certain point in
personal evolution, it's also possible to realize you
are also the director
of the movie, and can not only rewrite, but can cast
the movie and direct
others in their roles. Then you are truly living
up to your potential as a
co-creator of your reality.
So being a part of society is a difficult
challenge that presents many
opportunities for personal growth. Seize these
and make the most of them.
When Moses came down from the mountain, he brought a
message with him. When
he saw the his people engaged in sinful activities, he
undeserving of the message. Nevertheless, he knew
it was his role to share
such an important revelation with his community.
And the rest is history.
The Old Hippy
hey old hippy dude,
i've been smoking for bout 5years
and now the some of the
time i smoke i get wierd! i start
having acute social panic attacks!! and
cant talk! i mostly get like this
when i'm uncomfortable round certain
people! what is this caused by??
have you ever heard of such a thing??
Yes, panic attacks are common in that
at one time or another pot smokers
will experience the symptoms. Usually when the
pot is much better than
usual or if it's a been awhile since you've toked,
you'll increase your
chance of having a panic attack. It can also be
manifest as a generalized
paranoia, not necessarily due to a specific fear.
This can also be due to
nervousness, stress, unusual situations, strange people.
When you feel a panic attack coming
on, a good idea is to isolate
yourself, pick out some soothing music and just groove.
In other words find
a calming distraction (a walk in the woods, meditation,
yoga), or just take
long slow breaths and watch your breathing. Just
focus on that and keep it
slow and even and you'll calm down very quickly.
A really cool thing to learn is how
to calm yourself, and refresh
yourself through some form of yoga or meditation.
Once you get proficient
you can then use whenever you feel "out of balance" and
it will restore your
balance and overall health and attitude. It is
the best prevention there
And since you pointed out that certain
people make you uncomfortable you
can avoid those situations and be with people you enjoy.
Hope this helps!
-The Old Hippy
I have 3 girls the oldest is 8. I have been smoking
without fear for many years.
Now, since they have introduced the Dare
program where I live, I am paranoid
of what they are teaching my kids.
I've heard horror stories of them
encouraging children to rat out their
parents. I have always been
careful, I don't leave stash or pipes
laying about. But the other
night when they had gone to bed I smoked
some then the next morning the
oldest asked what that smell was-I lied
and said it was my sage incense.
Do I have reason to worry? I agree
with the programs teaching against
white drugs and I certainly don't
advocate smoking until they are
much older. But encouraging kids to rat
out their parents seems like the
book 1984 and it pisses me off. I
consider myself to be a responsible
loving parent and I get enough crap
in the south for being a pagan
parent- now this. What does Dare teach?
Thanks and peace.
I suggest you look into the program more (they have a
website, I believe -
full of propaganda of course). I've read studies
that show that kids who
are in the dare program are MORE likely to get involved
with drugs (the
program DOES talk about many drugs, some of which most
kids have never heard
about! doesn't it?).
The important thing is that if you have any doubts about
it, YOUR KIDS DON'T
HAVE GO! You can let the school know that you DON'T
want you kids to
participate in the program. You could also organize
other parents who feel
the same way. Of course then you and your kids
are singled out, which can
be a problem in some communities, but at least YOU'RE
taking a stand against
the brainwashing of your children (of course, that's
what school is for,
I know many parents who for various reasons, including
this, have opted to
put their kids in private schools, or do home schooling.
Do you want your
children to become programmed consumerist zombies?
Do you care what kind of
ideas your children are being fed by the system (and
peers)? If so then you have options you should
consider. There are
alternatives! Check them out!
I hope you can guide your children with truth instead
-The Old Hippy
hello old hippy. I need someone
wise to talk to. I
have these questions in the back
of my mind. What are
we? What is the point? Day
in day out all we just go
on living our pointless boring
lives hoping to make a
mark in the world. Then we die
quicker than we came
in. And its all over.
Like we go thru a load of crap
everyday only to die and let it
all be over. It
doesn't make sense. I just
feel like there should be
Why should my best friend
suffer from depression?
Why should i worry about my mom
losing it? Why should
we all be so concerned with the
way we look when we
leave the house and so concerned
with being a
succesful doctor or lawyer?
Why should people get
married if it is easier to just
be in love and stay
together til death? Why am
I judged by the size of my
breasts? And why does being
young hold me back from
so much when this is the time of
my life I will always
refer to? Why am I who I
am? Why do we all think
we're so right and everyone with
a different point of
view is so wrong? I don't
get it. there has to be
I know my questions might be a
pain or a bore but I really need
someone or something
right now. I am questioning
not only my existence but
everyone and everything.
Whew, that's a lot of good questions.
I'll try to answer a few.
Depression: It can be caused by many things, but it certainly
'dis-ease'. It can be a dissatisfaction with one's
place in the world,
personal events, life in general, etc. It can also
have biological roots
with a chemical imbalance in the brain. People
who are obsessive can find
flaws with themselves and others and just obsess over
it to the exclusion of
all else, including the beauty around them. For
those without a biological
cause, a change of venue, routine, job, living arrangement,
etc. can be just
the cure needed. Also helping out those LESS fortunate
can help because not
only doesn't the world revolve around your personal problem,
but then you're
also doing something that makes you FEEL GOOD.
For those with biological
problems, consult with a recommended physician or naturapath
massage therapist, accupuncturist, herbologist, etc.).
Hopefully they can
help restore the balance need for a healthy body and
outlook on life.
Your Mom: I assume your mom is on the verge at times.
You care because you
love your mom, and want her to be happy. That's
perfectly natural. But
there's no need to worry too much about it. It's
better to focus your
energy on being the best you can be, and this would include
caring for your
mom. It's very difficult to help others until you
take good care of
yourself. Then others are helped just being around
you. Give your mom
POSITIVE ENERGY, not worried emotionality. That
always helps! Good luck!
How we look, and what we do: People care about their
looks because it's a
reflection of how they feel inside. People who
obsess over looks and social
status are never happy with themselves or others and
tend to be very
judgemental. The key here is to love yourself,
and your beauty will shine
regardless of how much makeup you put on (or how little)
or what kind of
clothes you wear. We are socialized to be successful
and this means not
just a good career, but also a good mate and children
are signs of success.
This is important on a species level that people who
are good providers are
the ones to reproduce their successful DNA. So
society reinforces this with
hundreds of social cues (fancy cars, exclusive memberships,
etc.) to indicate that that individual possesses traits
that are valuable
given the prevailing values of society. In our
society competition is the
means by which people are valued. We have sports,
game shows, exams,
contests, promotions, etc. to give us a chance to "excel"
in some way, thus
flaunting our superiority in public.
The problem is that these values are relative from one
society to the next.
The best hunter in the Rainforest = the best herder in
the plains = the best
Java programmer = the best looking babe on Baywatch.
These people get
rewarded in their societies and are admired and have
the best selections for
mates. Well maybe not the java programmer!
Anyway this shows how important it is for alternative
communities to agree
on values so that they can offer other means to be successful.
On a commune
it's important to cooperate, work hard, and get along
Competition is minimized. Individuals are supposed
to measure their own
success by how well the group succeeds meeting its self-sufficiency
Hippies reject the competitive role and seek not success
but true happiness.
This comes from finding peace within and loving oneself.
Then sharing that
love with others. Love is its own reward!
Marriage: Again marriage is part of the social success
that society rewards.
It has ancient roots and is bound up with religious dogma.
(by society and religion) that stable relationships yield
children. This may be very true. There is
a correlation (statistically)
between juvenile deliquency, and other serious social
problems and broken
families. So by laying a heavy guilt trip on people
to get married, society
is trying to encourage long term relationships and stable
upon a time we had extended families with several generations
together. This is a very "natural" situation where
more social roles are
available and the family ties grow ever stronger as the
Grandparents make the best baby sitters, and have the
time and knowledge to
pass on to grandchildren. The rise of the nuclear
family has just about
destroyed this concept in modern society, and is a great
loss for all.
Then again marriage also lays a whole set of expectations
(especially young people) that they are often unable
to live up to. Thus
the high divorce rate. In Europe (esp. Northern
Europe), there is a whole
nother attitude towards marriage. People now wait
until their thirties to
get married, if at all! This has resulted in a
very low birth rate, which
is causing problems too.
So marriage has several important functions. It
serves to provide a stable
family life for children. It acts as an important
legal contract giving
rights to spouse and children - esp. property and inheritance.
measure of social status that supposedly keeps the partners
their DNA around.
Is marriage necessary in today's world? My opinion
is that it reflects the
maturity of those who enter it or don't. It's a
serious commitment and not
to be taken lightly. Depending on the couple's
moral development it may be
needed to provide the guidance (rules) they need to promote
their relationship. Or they might not need it because
they find social
rules stifling to individuality and personal freedom.
Or because they
reject the values behind the contract or feel that love
while society limits love. Ultimately each person
must decide what's right
for them and their dharma.
Breast size: Are yours large or small? Just kidding....:)
This again has
to do with the first question - why we are judged by
how we look? Breast
size is important in 'primitive' societies as they can
indicate a woman's
ability to feed children. In American society breasts
are kept hidden
(relatively) and as such are novelties and the subject
of much speculation
and fantasy by men and esp. adolescent boys. In
other countries where
breasts are not such a 'hidden treasure', men often fantasize
about legs or
ears or hair or body smell. It's always what you
can't have or see that
piques your interest. Unfortunately in our sexually
hung up society, people
tend to make judgements about others based upon how they
upon how you flaunt your assets you can be labeled (whore,
dyke, old maid).
Again this serves the purpose of indicating to the opposite
(or same) sex
your availability as a sexual partner. It's such
an instinctive thing.
Just be aware of the signals you are sending out.
It will determine the
response you get from others.
Being young: They say 'youth is wasted on the young'.
This is because when
we are young we have all this wonderful energy and enthusiasm
and a healthy
body, but don't know what to do with it. Your point
is well taken because
society tends to limit what young people can do in terms
of activities (like
driving, sex, drinking) and opportunities (dating, jobs,
travel). So it's a
dilemma to be so virile and vivacious but restricted
to utilize it for fun
or pleasure or gain. It's like the eternal complaint
that you need
experience to get a job, but you can't get a job without
older folks with lots of experience find that we can't
do the things we used
to because our bodies aren't what they were. We're
slower, heavier and
can't think as fast as we used to.
Those things that you feel as limitations will soon be
lifted. And once
they are you'll get to do everything you want.
And guess what? They'll be
a thrill for a moment and then once you've done them,
you won't understand
what all the fuss was about. I think it's best
for parents to decide based
upon a child's maturity (not necessarily age) when they
are ready for
certain activities. No two people are alike, and
they need to be treated on
an individual basis, not based upon random criteria (age,
size, etc.). If you feel you are being unfairly
limited, speak up, give
examples of others you know who have more freedom, and
be adult about it.
Reason with those in charge. The worse situation
is that you have to wait a
few more years. Just don't make such a big deal
about it because few things
are worth it.
Who are you? You are who you are because of genetic,
social and moral
evolution. You are a product of your parent's DNA
and your social milieu.
If you're not happy with yourself you need to delve within
to find out why.
Sometimes the social situations we face are not to our
liking. Once you
reach a certain maturity you can do something about it.
Leave town, go to
college, find a lover, whatever. One thing you
can be sure of, things
change. Sometimes we must initiate the change within
ourselves first, then
all the circumstances around us change, usually for the
better. Just make a
conscious effort to understand yourself and those around
you and you will
learn how to please yourself and others. It's really
not so hard to do.
And once you find yourself, the path is an easy stroll,
with you in control.
Right vs Wrong: Truth is a relative thing. That
is; what I see is truth is
my truth, what you see is yours. We are subjective
beings, and objective
truth does not exist. If we all saw things the
same way this world would be
very boring indeed. The real trick, and one path
towards enlightment is to
Realize Empathy. That is to be able to relate so
much to another person's
point of view that you merge. Love is pure empathy.
You become the other
by feeling what they feel, no longer judging them, thus
unconditionally. That is the highest form of Love.
When you experience
this you become one with everything since that is TRUTH.
Truth therefore is
neither subjective nor objective, it's totally immersive
When you love there is no I and you and them. There
is only love. And
THAT'S the truth. =:)
I hope this answered your questions! They were the
best I've seen in
awhile. You are very intelligent, and continue
to question EVERYTHING, may
you find the answers!
-The Old Hippy
my boyfriends cheating on me with
my cousin and he went somewhere until
next wednesday. what should i do
Find a new boyfriend!
-The Old Hippy
hello old hippy,
I have a daughter who is 9 years
old and she is totally into anything to do with being
hippy, except the drugs.(I hope)
she is now wanting to do her bedroom
up with beads,flowers,black lights, poster,etc...
she is only nine years old and
i don't want to discourage her from being an individual,
but i don't want to encourage her
to go totally crazy either.
i've enjoyed my time being "hippy".been
there,done that...still am in ways....
so....should i go ahead and encourage
her to follow "her"passion or should i encourage my ways???
i don't know how to handle this
any help is appreciated..
help with little hippy...........
It's somewhat of a craze these days to do the room up
and to dress up as a hippie. Don't let it bother you, since your
daughter is too young to understand much, other than that it's the current
fashion. Of course you should encourage her to follow your ways (the
parental prerogative), but that is a different matter.
Just remember there are far worse things to be than a
The Old Hippy
I am probably one of the last people
on earth who you would want to
answer to, because I am very adamant
about my views on drugs. I don't
like drugs! It's as plain
as that. I understand that people are going
to continue doing drugs and I cannot
change that. I am 21 years old,
and I have done my share, but I
have found life to be much less a burden
without getting wasted! Here
is my problem, I hope that you can find
it in your heart to find a solution
for me. I had a friend (best
friend) who seems to be ditching
me out for weed. She knows that I
don't want to hang out with her
if she is high, but she breaks plans
with me, and never wants to hang
out with me because she'd rather smoke
weed. Does she actually think
that a plant is more important than a
friend? Why do stoners tend
to ditch their friends to smoke weed? If
weed isn't additive, then why do
stoners become so depressed when they
can't find weed? Why would
anyone want to forsake who they actually are
for a phony personality which is
brought on by a substance?
Good question! The problem is one of
attitude and respect. Yes, many
stoners abuse the sacred herb and try to stay high most
of the time. Yes,
they often get depressed for about two days after they
stop (but it's no
worse than caffeine users going without!). Perhaps
this friend considers
you something of a "downer" when she's high. If
you dis her because she's
high, that will certainly make her not want to spend
time with you. If you
can't accept what she does, and not make an issue of
it, then perhaps you
shouldn't see her anymore.
If you can accept her and her ways,
then the best thing to do is drop by
and get her to go out with you into the real world.
Gently remind her there
is more to do than getting stoned not by telling her,
but by showing her
yourself. You see it's fun to do many things high
or straight, but the
problem with weed is that it makes you lethargic (lazy).
I myself am guilty
of avoiding people and events when high. And I
often regret missing out on
much of what's happening just cause I couldn't motivate
myself to move! So
if you're a true friend, help her to get out and enjoy
life then perhaps she
won't be a stay-at-home-stoner, and will indulge less
when you're around.
It would be a great favor for her if you did!
Let me know what happens!
The Old Hippy
Hey man, could ya give me some advice?
My parents are drivin' me crazy cuz
they wont stop botherin' me cuz
I have long hair and I'm a guy, cuz I wear
groovy clothes, and cuz of my flowerchild
ideals. My dad keeps asking me
why I cant be like "everyone else."
and if that wasn't bad enough, somehow
they found out i'm smoking pot!
Who I am is sacred to me, but I can't get
kicked out! I'm only 16! What do
Tell them that you are a unique individual, you don't
follow the crowd, and
they need to respect your identity. Ask them to
love you and support you as
you flower into everything you hope you can be, not some
that society has programmed for you.
If they don't get it, and you can't get through to them,
then the problem is
theirs, not yours. Plan on moving on when you finish
high school. I left
my family to attend college at age 16. I couldn't
wait to leave!
The Old Hippy
Dear Old Hippy
That's a very interesting thing
you wrote about spiritual growth, but I was surprised by your first line:
"People do what they are taught". Is it not that, whatever you teach a
person, someday he will find himself wondering if he's going the right
path? You see, I was taught to believe in God and Christ, do what society
expects and go to church every week. But during my teenage years (which
only ended two years ago) I found out that that was not what I should do,
because of something inside myself. I started to develop a way of living
and spirituality based on what I saw and heard around me, checking everytime
if that corresponded with my inner-feelings.
You see, I think that we all have
a feeling inside ourselves that there is a Bigger Whole, a God or Intergallactic
Vibe, whatever you wanna call it. And I think that we act from that feeling
more often than we realize. Behaviourism is a very powerful thing, but
I think that little feeling inside, that sparkle of love that can make
us feel connected with anything, is much more powerful and just waiting
to get out and "kiss the sky".
I see something realy interesting
going on with the people around me. I'd expect that they would turn away
from any form of spirituality or religion, because kicking against christianity
and the pope is very much the cool thing to do now in society in The Netherlands,
where I live. So a lot of people do that.
But while they are doing that, a
lot of them also is trying to find a new way of spirituality, as if they
need a replacement. They get into "new age" things, like myself. It's not
a coincedence that "The Celestine Prophecy" was such a huge hype (well,
in The Netherlands it was). So what I see, is that a lot of people who
are thaught by their environment to despise christianity and to believe
in God, are also looking for a new way of spirituality.
I have the feeling that they do
that, because of that inner-conciousness, they want to experience that
spirituality, but the Christian church is not filling that in good enough
anymore, like the growth of the human conciousness has passed it's thought
on how to live your life.
That process makes me smile.
What do you think about that, or
am I just rambling too much now?
No you've only just begun....
It's not just what people are "taught" in school or by
parents. You are taught everyday by society, advertising (greed), friends
(conformity), negative experiences (intolerance, anger, hate), etc. So
our daily social programming reinforces the existing belief system. It
teaches us how to survive by adopting these prevailing attitudes. Yes we
can rise above it, given proper role models. Since you are from Holland,
you have these role models since your society is far more tolerant than
95% on the planet, so it's easier for you to question authority.
Your particular culture is different from others. Your
country was abused by Catholicism (the Spanish & French), then the
Nazis. So your attitude towards religion and authoritarism is skeptical
at best, and usually downright disrespectful (I ADMIRE that!).
We are naturally spiritual beings. It is our society that
supresses this because society seeks control. When people discover their
TRUE TRANSCENDANT NATURE, they become more difficult to control and manipulate.
Long ago there were many struggles in Europe between the
Church and States resulting in many wars. The result was the church lost
power, the states won power. So now the states (soon the E.U.) have the
power over the people. So respect for the church and its teachings has
diminished and is now unimportant to the average European. In other words
it's more of a social phenomenon than a spiritual one.
So now there is a huge gap in people's
lives. There is no spirituality. I notice this when I visit Europe, and
even in the U.S. It's young people like you who can rediscover their connection
to LIFE, LOVE and THE PLANET and UNIVERSE, because older folk are too disillusioned
and set in their ways. That's why I believe our hope for the future lies
in your generation.
Once upon a time a large portion of my generation looked
beyond ourselves and into the future (and got scared to death!). Then came
another generation that was so self-centered and greedy because they adopted
Capitalism as their religion. So it's up to you and your generation to
once again remember who you REALLY are, look towards the future, and help
shape society with a vision of Peace, Love, Understanding and Respect,
-The Old Hippy
Um.....did people really have casual
sex (in the 60s & 70s) like you read about??
Yes, indeed. ;)
-The Old Hippy
Hey, Turtle Dude!
(That's my title showing respect--You
I have a question similar to one
someone else asked. This guy, who I
really like...Well, I want to go
out with him. But I'm really embarassed.
I guess it's because I don't know
how he'd react to it...I don't know for
sure if he likes me or not.
I have problems expressing myself in a verbal
way to others...So I don't even
know how to approach him...I have problems
talking to people--Especially when
others are around. But I can't think of
any reason to initiate a conversation
with him ALONE.
What would you suggest I do?
He's single and a great guy, and we're into
some of the same things (bands
and music, mainly).
I would really appreciate your
"Peace, flowers, freedom, happiness"--HAIR.
Thank you again!
Ask him a question, like "What do you think of Beck?"
or are you going to
the such and such concert? That should elicit a
response, and LISTEN to
what he says before you reply, and reply based upon his
answer. Then you're
already in a conversation. If he is interested
in you, he'll pickup the
thread and start asking YOU questions.
It's good to start a conversation about a neutral subject,
but it doesn't
send the same signal as you asking him a personal question,
like "what sign
are you?" (a really overused line) or "doing anything
cool this weekend?".
A personal question implies you're interested in knowing
more about him and
can work very well if done properly.
The difficult part is overcoming your shyness or fear.
It's sorta like
jumping into a pool. You think it's gonna be a
cold shock, but you also
know once you get in it won't be so bad, but you're paralyzed
Fortunately in this case you can test the "waters" first
by asking a few
questions. His response will tell you a lot.
Remember talking to him isn't such a big deal so don't
get worked up about
it. If you really can't get up the courage, then
maybe some mutual friend
can introduce you or perhaps let you know if he's interested
Sounds to me you better act fast. If he's such a
great guy, some other
girl's gonna get him soon!
Good luck to you!
-The Old Hippy
I want to know
if you can get high from smoking pot seeds and/or
stems. My friend wants to know
if smoking seeds will make him sterile.
No, it will probably just give you a great big headache.
So you'll never find out if it'll make you sterile.
-The Old Hippy
Hello, Mr. Hippy. Just wanted
to say how much I like your page; It's great. I was wondering what
you think about the spiritual growth of human beings, both individually
and society in general. It seems to me, according to the popular
scientific theories accepted today, that the human race is on a path where
spiritual growth is intrinsic to the whole thing. We started as individual
bands hunting and gathering and doing our thing. Then along comes
agriculture and along with it slavery, population growth, and spare time.
Bands would conquer other bands to become tribes, tribes conquer tribes
to become nations. On and on until the United Nations and the world
bank. My point is, transcendence and inclusion seem to be the mode
of the human race. Do you think that people are stuck in a spiritual
quagmire of filth and decay or that people will one day, inevitably, be
a peaceful and accepting community worldwide? Let me know; I'm interested.
People behave according to what they've been taught.
Until we teach everyone "Peace & Love", we will still have hatred and
war. Some individuals can rise above the quagmire, but usually because
they've learned to think for themselves.
Buddhists believe that we incarnate on earth to experience
the full range of life's pleasures and treasures as well as it's selfishness,
greed, hatreds etc., and to rise above these base desires. We continue
to reincarnate over and over until we get it right.
If that is the case, then we shall probably never find
that paradise on this planet, for there is another place for us to go to
experience that. This is also the Judeo/Christian/Islamic belief.
That is why no one bothers to try to make this place a paradise, since
it lies elsewhere.
I suppose it would require all these "dead" saints (Buddha,
Jesus, Mohammed, etc.) to reappear in person and perform amazing miracles
before people will start changing their belief system to allow for us all
to be "saved" while still alive on this planet.
I do believe that we have it within our power to bring
about paradise, wherever we are. We just need to "realize" it.
But since there will always be those who are jealous and don't understand,
people will be crucified one way or another for believing in the power
of the human spirit.
Raising consciousness is an ongoing process for everyone
on the planet. Fortunately we now have the power to do great deeds,
unlike ever before. Thanks to our constantly improving communications
system, we can learn about and aid others in their time of need.
Instead of just helping our "neighbor" next door, we can now help our "neighbors"
wherever they may be on this ever shrinking planet. We all live on
the same block now, and what one does affects everyone else.
So there is definitely a growing potential for humanity
to evolve beyond our limited self-imposed boundaries, and embrace our divine
potential and save our race and planet from the destruction that is looming.
That should be our first great task in the New Enlightenment. Then
we can focus on obliterating hunger, disease, and war from our daily lives.
Then we can remove intolerance, racism, fascism, pollution, poverty and
inequality from our midst. And then, and only then can we aspire
to be something greater than the caretakers of this fragile ball in space,
and look to the stars to find our truly awesome potential....
May we one day have peace,
The Old Hippy
I have a question about love for
you. I'm in love with a guy. I want to express my love to him,
but the last time i told a guy i had feelings for him, he really hurt me.
i need advice on what to do because i am scared.
Every guy is different. Most guys will run away
if you lay it all out.
Remember, some guys are afraid too. I think you
probably shouldn't tell any
guy how deep your feelings are until you've gotten to
know him well. By
then your feelings may have changed.
In the meantime, look him in the eyes and see what's there.
Is he looking
back? Can you talk to him? Does he listen
to you? You first have to
establish communication before you can get serious with
someone. This can
take awhile. Don't have expectations. If
you don't have expectations, you
won't be disappointed if things don't work out.
Don't be afraid. Just do
it! That doesn't mean have sex, that means just
go with the flow and don't
think about. Just live in the moment and let your
May you find true love!
The Old Hippy
Dear old hippy.
I have been wondering for a long
time is LSD really as dangerous as
everybody tells me?? Can you really
die or something if you take a
normal trip of acid?? i´d
really like to know that??
No you can't die from from it. Yet it is a very
powerful drug. One problem
is that you don't know what you're getting (unless someone
you know has
tried it and gives it the thumbs up.). Sounds to
me like you need to
investigate further before you decide to try it.
Read one of the many books
on the subject. It's much too important to do on
-The Old Hippy
Dear old hippy,
Two things, is LSD or marijuana
very addictive, and how old are you?
LSD is not addictive in any way. Marijuana
is as addictive as chocolate.
-The Old Hippy,
"He's hip, he's cool, he's 45!" - From Kids in the Hall.
We are first time visitors to your
web page, our question is about a restaurant we have heard about in Amsterdam.
We have heard about -but can find no information on - a restaurant where
you can eat in the nude. please help.
Wow, How'd I miss that one?
Must be new 'cause I haven't heard about it. I'll be there next year,
so I'll check it out. Sounds like great fun! My only question
is: Where do I keep my wallet?
-The Old Hippy
hey i was wondering about
some drug that people used
in the 60's. it was part of a banana
or something so if
you would let me know bout that
then just e-mail me
back and let me know where to find
it on the banana and
how to prepare it. thanks a lot
peace out man
No you can't get high off banana
peels, but it fooled everyone for awhile
The Old Hippy
"Electrical Banana is gonna be
a sudden craze." - Donovan
Dear old hippy,
I have smoked weed for about three
years. At first it was great but for the
past year or so it hasn't been
very pleasant. Everything gets distorted and
I'm so nervous I can hardly talk
and I get weird beats in my heart area that
almost make me twitch. I would
really appreciate your help on this. It got
so bad I stopped smoking all together.
It's not unusual for smoking to
become unpleasant at times. It's a burnout
syndrome which occurs after prolonged
use. You've done the right thing by
stopping. I recommend you
lay off for at least a month or more. Perhaps
you're under more pressure than
you used to be. Job and other
responsibilities can make getting
high less enjoyable and smoking adds to
your stress rather than relieving
it (thanks to paranoia and guilt).
If stress is a major factor in you
life then you need to deal with it,
rather than try to mask it with
mj or alcohol (I'm not saying you do it,
just that it's not a good thing).
As far as your overall health goes,
perhaps it's time for a checkup.
As we age we go through physical changes,
and smoking certainly isn't good
for our health. Some people are more
sensitive to smoke and you might
In any case it's always good to
give ourselves a "breather" from smoke and
let our body recuperate.
It's nice to get another view of life now and then
(remember - that's why we smoke
in the first place!). Respect the herb, and
respect yourself and everything
will work out.
The Old Hippy.
I am a child of the 60's and have
discovered I now remember less than I
used to. Before I did some
really stupid amounts of various reality
altering friends, I had a perfect
photographic memory. I still remember
everything thing I see and hear
but am not always able to retrieve it on
demand. Sometimes I just
go blank when trying to pull up everyday words,
but once I get past my frustration
they are there. How can I get my
memory back to what it once was?
By the way just to
let you know how insane and skewered the amounts
were my friends refer to me as
Jimi Oblivion, after Hendrix, Morrison and
the fact I tended to stay obliviated
most of the time and even when I
wasn't I would tend to zone on
nothing. Thanks Man.
It happens to the best of us!
Part of it, as you already surmise, is the
mind bending substances. But a
large part is even more difficult to handle.
We're just getting older.
Of course if you want to remember things, it
always helps to come down for a
change. I'll bet if you laid off long
enough that photographic memory
will return. It's a great gift, especially
for an artist.
Now if I could only remember the
-The Old Hippy
Mr. Elder Hippie,
I'll not spend this moment with
a question for your site,but rather to express my gratitude that you have
I fell upon your spot by chance,and
it filled me with joy. There,in a hopelessly modern world, you grant the
children wisdom and guidance, knowledge and well-earned experience. I will
visit again and again, if only to see what more goodness you offer.
Thanks for taking time to "pass
Thank you so much! It's great
to hear this kind of feedback. We work very hard on the site to make
it a rewarding experience for all who enter. Everyone who participates
makes the site what it is!
-The Old Hippy
hey what's up old hippie,
first I'd like to say thanx for
I don't like to break the law so
I don't smoke pot anymore
or any other illegal subtances
(actually i've never used another illegal
substance) . Besides, pot is impossible
to find , if you try all you find
is crack. and other nasty nasty
disgusting stuff. That's urban life in 1999
no weed to be found anywhere, and
abundant crack and alcohol on every
People are violent around here,
and is increasingly becoming a
police state. If you go out dressed
like a hippie, your in big trouble.
Street thugs will harass you, and
police will openly violate all you rite
in the daylight and in front of
hundreds just because of the way you look..
This environment is not very friendly
to me and i don't like it
back, so i saved a couple of thousand
dollars and am enbarking on a nice long
search for a hospitable environment
where I can smoke a joint in PEACE.
I was wondering were besides the
Netherlands (everyone knows about amsterdam) is Marijuana legal? Oh yeah
and were are their friendly people, are there any left in
Young Mr Nobody amongst the masses
There are NO places left where it
is legal to smoke, thanks to AmeriKKKa's
insane Drug War and International
laws and condemnations. It is even illegal in Holland, but tolerated
That's the key, where is it tolerated
(where you won't get busted)? The
answer is many places! There
are places in Australia, India, Nepal,
Afghanistan, Morocco, etc.
In the U.S. I understand California is very laid
back about it, especially SF, and
places north (the Emerald Triangle, where
they grow most of America's best
sinsemilla). I'm told Humbolt county is
the "phrendliest" place to smokers.
The cops there look the other way
because without the green economy,
the area would be in a bad depression.
So there's lots of places where
smoking is tolerated, sounds like you're
livin' in the wrong neck of the
By the way if you can make it to
Amsterdam, it will be the "high" point of
As far as friendly people goes,
they seem to be everywhere except big cities. But I've always found
that the poorest people are usually friendliest cause as Janis sang "When
you ain't got nothing, you ain't got nothing to lose." I guess most hippies
Of the places I've traveled, I'd
have to say that the New Zealanders and Balinese are the most friendly
people I've met. They go way out of their way for strangers.
-The Old Hippy
I am doing a debate for my contemparary
issues class on legalization of
marijuana and industrial hemp.
I have looked in books and on the web and
have seen a few different statements
about what hemp is. I have heard that it
is a "cousin plant of marijuana"
, or it is the "fiber from the stem of the
marijuana plant", and couple other
things. So what is it really?
Hemp is a product (or many products)
made from the fiber of the cannabis
plant. The variety of cannabis
grown for hemp is not the same grown for
smoking. It is bred for it's
fiber capacity, not for it's THC potency.
Thus cannabis grown for hemp has
a miniscule amount of THC and cannot be
smoked to get you high (you'd just
get a headache). So Cannabis has
different subspecies with different
characteristics, and the kind grown for
hemp is a subspecies (which means
it can still breed with the subspecies
that produce lots of THC, but would
likely ruin them for THC production).
Hope this helps,
The Old Hippy
I consider myself a hippy.
I believe in peace, I'm a vegetarian, and kinda a buddhist (meditation
and such)... but one of my friends and I recently got in a fight.
She said I can't be a hippy because I don't do drugs. I said that
drugs don't make you a hippy, your life and beliefs do. Do you have
any words of wisdom on this?
You are right! Hippie is a
state of mind and a belief system. As long as you're tolerant towards
others who use drugs to expand their minds, you're as much a hippie as
The Old Hippy
What up my Old Hippy!!!
Well, I'm totally into Jimi Hendrix,
you don't even want to get me
started there, I know everything
about him. I own and read over 27
biographies on him, collect anything
imaginable. Now I am also a huge fan of lysergic
acid diethylamide, I also know
a lot and I mainly do it for achieving
philosophical knowledge. These
two subjects I'm a genius at (don't take it
literally, I'm not tryin' to be
cocky, just expressing my great passion
for these two favorites). Now this
is where my problem falls into place, many
biographies I have read claim that
Jimi in some point of his life had
dropped acid, and some deny that.
There is a quote stated by Jimi that he had not
dropped acid. My frustration at
this is immense, now we both know written
records (biographies) are not always
100% true. Most people relate Jimi
Hendrix with acid, I believe that
he has not, because of
the quote, but I'm not positively
sure of this. From your knowledge what do
you think, has he, or has he not
dropped acid, or is it that Jimi might have
lied to the public because of the
bad rep that LSD had started to receive
toward the late 60's? Your thought
will be greatly appreciated, peace!!!!
You hit the nail on the head. There
was such an anti-drug backlash at
the end of the '60s (thanks to
Nixon & Company) that everyone who did drugs,
especially those who espoused its
use, had to save face in the media by
issuing denials. Many were coerced
into doing this usually by their lawyers
due to pending cases against the
artist. Even Timothy Leary had to squeal
to avoid doing a life sentence
(for less than half an oz. of marijuana and a
bogus conspiracy charge). What
people said in public and did in private
were two separate issues, just
like they are today.
No one really doubts Jimi Hendrix
did acid. His ex-girlfriends have
said he turned them on to it. His
divinely inspired playing exceeded the
ability of any straight, "inexperienced"
person. I mean come on, look at his lyrics
"purple haze running through my
brain", his song and album "Are You
Experienced?" This was all common
knowledge. Why do you think Hendrix
would wait until the "American
Inquisition" began to denounce his own
To really understand the dynamic
that prevailed during this period you
need only look at our circumstances
today. Everyone, with few exceptions,
won't admit any current drug use.
The penalties are just too great. Ah,
the injustice of it all to be living
in the most hypocritical times.
-The Old Hippy
" 'Scuse me while I kiss the sky!"