A 1967 article in Time Magazine asserted that the hippie movement has a historical precedent in the counterculture of the Ancient Greeks, espoused by philosophers like Diogenes of Sinope and the Cynics.In the late 1800s and early 1900s the German Lebensreform movement emphasized the goodness of nature, the harms to society, people, and to nature caused by industrialization, the importance of the whole person, body and mind, and the goodness of "the old ways".They helped build the New Buffalo commune and decided to move to New Mexico to live among a group of friends.Ben Marcus and Little Joe Gomez of the Peyote Church, Taos Pueblo, New Mexico, 1967.The hippie subculture began its development as a youth movement in the United States during the early 1960s and then developed around the world.Its origins may be traced to European social movements in the 19th and early 20th century such as Bohemians, and the influence of Eastern religion and spirituality.Inspired by the works of Friedrich Nietzsche, Goethe, Hermann Hesse, and Eduard Baltzer, Wandervogel attracted thousands of young Germans who rejected the rapid trend toward urbanization and yearned for the pagan, back-to-nature spiritual life of their ancestors.During the first several decades of the 20th century, these beliefs were introduced to the United States as Germans settled around the country, some opening the first health food stores.
All we can do is try to strike up conversations that may give us some clues over time. Younger teens may "go out" (meaning: explore the idea of being a "couple") and break up and never even have a face-to-face conversation.New Buffalo Commune members interpreted the ways of nearby American Indians to model a new life of self-sufficiency and tribal community.Ken Kesey, aboard his bus "Further," Aspen Meadows, New Mexico, 1969.So, for anyone who is interested, I would like to start a Community of Single People.I want to know who you are so I can connect you with interested parties (as described below).Some children of the sixties counterculture dropped out and left the cities for the countryside to experiment with utopian lifestyles.Away from urban problems and suburban sameness, they built new lives structured around shared political goals, organic farming, community service, and the longing to live simply with one's peers.Building the communal house at the New Buffalo Commune, Arroyo Hondo, New Mexico, 1968.The Laws traveled to New Mexico to have their first child at a facility that practiced natural childbirth.If we stay respectful and keep sniffing around the perimeter of their social worlds, we'll usually learn something of their romantic world. Teens, especially those in high school and college, may refer to "hooking up," and that term can include anything from kissing at a party to sexual intercourse. Teens deny that any coupling up is occurring so that teens can maximize their independence.Parents allow more freedom when they don't think dating or sexual interests are part of the mix.