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Be YOU...
YOU are individual.
There is noone else
like YOU.

Lead...
Do Not Follow...
You have a Path
That is only YOUR'S.

Live, laugh, love...
Take chances.
Every moment
Is YOUR'S.

Trust in YOU,
Be kind to YOU.
Just be YOU,
For, YOU are special!

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I take being called a
"HIPPIE" as an honor!
But, don't allow
yourself to become
disillusioned by the
"laid-back" attitudes,
and, the sometimes
projected, "Screw It!"
attitudes that you 
might witness from 
some in the hippie
tribes. You cannot
stand-up for what you
believe in, and take
on the role of the
Planet Caretaker with
that attitude. Just as
in any other society
or community, you must
understand that being
ALIVE and ACTIVE gets
the job done! Have fun-
enjoy the community
SpiRit with your 
friends; just be sure
that you don't get
caught up in the 
sometimes "laid-back"
way of living and
thinking, to the point
where you are not
helping anyone - 
including yourself!
I want to see the
new generation of Youth
in this country carry
on the "Torch" of Caring,
Love, and Respect for
ALL BEINGS! It is
imperative for the sake
of this World ! 

Now, if I sound like
someone's Mother...well;
I don't have kids of my
own, so, feel free to
adopt me....(smile!)

~BEING "HIPPIE" is a
wonderful thing, and,
no matter how much 
possible ridicule you
may get from the other
fellow beings who don't
see things your way -
  SO BE IT!
Know that you are doing
what you can for this
Earth who has taken care
of you, your ancestors,
and your offspring's
offspring, in the future.
Try to think in this way: 
Before you make any action, 
how is this going to affect 
generations down the line?

Mother Earth has given
SO much to us; Let's
give it back!

Live in Peace with your
fellow Beings, and, you
will learn from them
and prosper in 
knowledge and communal
spirit.

CARRY THE TORCH
  ONWARD!




BE KIND TO

ONE

ANOTHER!

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"WHAT   DOES   A   HIPPIE   DO?"

WOW...this is the most FREQUENTLY asked question that I recieve in e-mails... mostly from the wonderfully energetic and curious youth that I talk with. It IS quite the touchy subject (!), and, I realize that I risk misleading or introducing confusing ideas to those who are searching for the answer. SO - I am going to try and explain the concept of hippiedom from experience and personal observation. YES...most of this information is MY personal views, and, I realize that I will be held fully responsible for them! (~grin!~) BUT... as the old saying goes: "Even a turtle has to stick out his neck, sometimes"!

SO,(deep breath!)...HERE GOES!

One of the whole concepts of the "Hippie Movement" was the idea of being a "non-conformist". Here is the WORDNET 1.6 term for "non-conformist"; "not conforming to some norm or socially approved pattern of behavior or thought." So, the hippie does not conform to social "norm"...herein lies the ongoing disagreements with the present political/human rights issues that you see so much of on the hippie websites,journalists articles, t.v., etc.


BUT...

HERE is where you have to be very careful NOT to conform to the popular dresscode, music, and overall peer-type pressures that do exist in the actual hippie circles! I have had many of you to send me e-mails, telling me; "I thought all hippies wore tie-dyes"; "I thought all hippies listen to the Grateful Dead"; "Don't all hippies do drugs?" The answers to ALL OF THE ABOVE is, "NO!" Hippie is a state of mind and being... you can help your fellow humans, care for the planet, care for our animal friends,and work toward the cause of World Peace, practice tolerance of all Beings, and encourage diversity, even if you have never owned a tie-dye garment, and had rather listen to Mozart or Big Band, and have never indulged in drugs. This has been my feelings for many years, and,I hold fast to them.

THE POINT IS... BE YOUR OWN INDIVIDUAL!

RESPECT Mother Earth and ALL who share this beautiful planet with you. Think of the generations down the line, every time you do something that could cause harm to the Earth or it's occupants.

"FOR EVERY ACTION, THERE IS AN EQUAL AND OPPOSITE REACTION."

As far as everyday life? Well...it usually consists of the things that the rest of the world does - get up; get the kids off to school; go to work; come home and do more chores... Not real glamorous, eh? Most folks see the wandering, tie-dyed clans of hippies that spend their time driving around the country in painted-up VW buses, taking odd-jobs, or selling their homemade wares to survive. Well, that lifestyle still exists. Seeing the world is great to expand your horizons, but I wouldn't suggest a career in being a wandering hippie! WORK and settling down is necessary to get yourself grounded and centered. Enjoy your youth - but, remember; even hippies have responsibilities. The concept of it all, again, is how you percieve life and your daily routine. If you love yourself, you can love your neighbors. You must change your way of thinking to be concious of how you treat the Earth, every day. You must be tolerant of ALL religions/beliefs, and, avoid the urge to put-down the folks who are "different" than yourself; for, you demand the same from them, eh?

If anyone has any further questions, or, if I have only succeeded in confusing some of you even further (!), please feel free to

I also have a wonderful friend who has said that he will be glad to answer any questions that you might have that I may not have answered. He is a wonderfully helpful, patient and knowledgable person! Just drop an e-mail to JIM GREENLEE .

Let us ALL spread ~PEACE~ and move closer to the beautiful world that we can have if we just put out the effort to obtain it. NOTHING is impossible, my friends!

~PEACE! PASS IT ON!~