March 2021 Newsletter # 27
When one is contained by a rigid cultural system, a system that is based on strict rules, the results are what we call the 60’s. A decade of experimentation and free will. Like a water balloon that suddenly bursts, causing its contents to spill in all directions, so too the youth of the 60’s flowed wherever the current took them. From psychedelic drugs, to new music, to new “mini” fashions, the 60’s is a society sprung loose from their restrictive parental ideals. It was the counterculture revolution and everything that caused the old man's eye to twitch and Mom to exclaim, “I never!”, seemed to be the norm. They say things happen in cycles like fashion, music and apparently social revolutions. Today’s cancel culture is much like the counter culture of the 60’s. They wanted freedom from control in the 60’s and today they want to take away freedom in the name of equality. It seems as though this nation struggles mostly with freedom itself. Too much freedom and people go wild, not enough freedom and people go wild. The true struggle is internal though. We tend to be anti-anything when it doesn’t fit into our little bubble of understanding or comfortability. When dealing with differences between groups of people we tend to judge instead of trying to understand. I’ve run across an article on inc.com that gives “7 Simple Ways to Deal With a Disagreement Effectively”. Perhaps if we would have followed this article's advice in the 60’s we would be living in a much different society today.