Social analysis[ edit ] In his book, Prometheus Risingthe philosopher Robert Anton Wilson suggested that the flower children could be viewed in Jungian terms as a collective social symbol representing the mood of friendly weakness.
Jimmy was a promise that music was immortal. They had not learned how to stop aching. Other morning tasks included securing fresh water for drinking, cooking and cleaning, attending the camp stove, freshening up the campsite, and placing sleeping bags and clothing out to air.
Like Fantasia, the rains came. One was insulin related, one occurred when a young man got run over by a tractor while sleeping in the field. They slipped through the towns like gently blowing dandelions and disappeared.
Hippies commonly took up communal or cooperative living arrangements, and they often adopted vegetarian diets based on unprocessed foods and practiced holistic medicine.
Hippies felt alienated from middle-class society, which they saw as dominated by materialism and repression, and they developed their own distinctive lifestyle. It was the crowning glory of the counter-cultural movement. Whatever our reasons for attending Woodstock, something about it would change us.
They had learned to love freely, easily, without reservation, but had not learned to turn off the valve when things went sour. It was in misinterpreting the message of Woodstock.