Saturday, April 23, 2011
Counter Culture and John Wayne Memories
Then came the Beatles,then came the drugs, to wash all the violence and nonsense away.A few tokes on a joint and nobody wanted to fight anybody for any reason.John Wayne was a symbol of everything wrong with America.The times were changing for the common male who saw life a little different than his dad.The hippies stole from the Beats and its dogma spread like fertilizer on a field.The violence model was over for them..the competition,the closed shop of us verses them evaporated into the colorful sunset of compassion and cooperation.Initially,with the influence of marijuana,nature became the new"god" to be respected and worshiped.Following the city sports teams, became something of the past.Magically,every living thing was as important as the humans who shared this glorious space.Every human had dignity,equality and a right to live freely under a common sun.The world grew bigger everyday as the counter culture opened its arms to the poor in our own society and throughout the world.Who wanted to fight the Vietnam men when we opposed fighting our own neighbors.Our thoughts were cooperative instead of competitive as we rose each morning to help, give and share instead of taking and keeping for oneself.It was an opening,an expanding viewpoint that wanted economic equality,the destruction of impoverished housing,clean air and waterways,cooperative,democratic jobs,smaller,interesting(alternative) schools,cheap, quality organic food and a fair judicial system. We looked outside ourselves because we knew the answer to our own happiness was connected to everyone else.This form of spirituality has remained for fifty years and continues to grow because it is embedded in every religion and every culture.This connectedness runs through every message from every religion man has followed and respected.The world counter culture took it out of the hands of administrating clergy and fastened it on to every corner post throughout the world.The uprisings in the middle east is the flowering of this thought process that was reinvigorated by my generation, in mass, fifty years ago and will continue into the distant future.It is the only way the planet will survive.
I know that the use of drugs wasn't the healthiest avenue(maybe we would have changed without them..many lives lost) to reach a new consciousness but they did bridge two different worlds that remain today.The counter culture was taken to a place where government was seen as a solution(Kennedy) to issues instead of an obstacle(Reagan).Revenues from taxes(progressive rates with each million earned) were inherently good because they could be given to others who need protection from an economic system that didn't supply enough quality jobs or educate our children fairly.All the important issues today(S.S,Health care,energy,environmental regulations,economic justice,quality food,etc.)are welcomed by those who look outside themselves when they think about the importance of government in the lives of the vast majority.Those who see the government as an obstacle think of themselves first and what they can do to limit it(supply side economics were proven false many times over).I believe that perspective must die for the world to survive and flourish.No more John Wayne(Marion Morrison...father of Jim..didn't you know that) movies where American men are honored for killing other human beings.No more multi-millionaires, billionaires that rob from the populace greedily for their own consumption.No more looking inward that ravages humanity in the long run down each poverty filled road.World Democracy demands an opening of oneself to the plight of others as we revere the land and water that surrounds our towns and cities.I'm still waiting for my brothers and sisters to see the light but my real hope is in the faces of our grandchildren who will inherit a world much different than the Mickey Mantle(Willie Mays was better) fifties.They will see the interconnectedness better without the distortion of drugs we had to use.They will understand their plight because they will need each other more to survive(international unions).I hope I'm around to see a little piece of it.Peace my friends and no more money allocated to destruction of other men.