I was called “Hippie” last week a couple times as a derogatory term. It is too bad that it has become an insult, since the definition seems to fit me pretty well.

“Both the words “hip” and “hep” came from Black culture and denote awareness. To say “I’m hip to the situation” means “I am aware of the situation.” Thus the word “hippie” means “one who is aware,” and expanded awareness was a goal of the movement. Some created their own social groups and communities, listened to psychedelic rock, opposed War, embraced the sexual revolution, and used drugs such as marijuana, LSD and magic mushrooms to explore alternative states of consciousness.”

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