« Art never comes from happiness » this famous quote can be applied to the sixties, also known by “decade of changes and revolution”. The people who suffered from racial discrimination or those who fought to death for their rights and minorities rights… all these sacrifices were worth it to make a better place to life in. Their objective was to live in a world where “violence” was just a word. During these years we can highlight a member of a subculture that was originally a youth movement that emerged in the United States, hippies.
Hippies created their own communities, listened to psychedelic music, embraced the sexual revolution, and used drugs such as cannabis, LSD, peyote and psilocybin mushrooms to explore altered states of consciousness. They had their own kind of music, fashion, cars… we can say that hippies are the answer from the society towards what was happening then : Vietnam war, Kennedy’s murder, movements against racial segregation, and the fight for social justice, all shocking events.
I think that this decade reflects the pain which is caused by wars and discrimination in general. And at least I hope these experiences have taught us many things such as: we all want to live in peace and to be different is no longer a bad thing, your thought will always be yours and no one can change that. I have learned that some one cannot change a relevant idea or a wise opinion; otherwise we can change the world in a good way if we challenge ourselves and each others to stop pointless judgment. Embracing and encouraging people to be free to create, debate without using any kind of violence and to make others realize that the path that leads us to be the reflection we want to see in our society, is based on the freedom to be true to who we are. “A dream you dream alone is only a dream, a dream you dream together is a reality” –John Lennon.