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“Old hippies don’t die, they just lie low until the laughter stops and their time comes round again.” – Joseph Gallivan 

Wannabe Hippies vs Real Hippies

Hey old hippy,
I see in some of your replies to questions you say wannabees (as in wanna be hippies). Do you mean that a young person in the world today could not possibly be a hippy? And would wanting to be a hippy really be that bad? Im sorry if i come off as ignorant, but dont all hippies start from the wanting to break free of the conformity of society? How would you describe a wanna be hippie? I mean.. wanting to change is the first step to changing right? What advice would you give to one who wants to be hippy?

There are two ways to apply the term wannabe hippies. One is a derogatory meaning, that they try to look and act like hippies but really don’t have a clue as to what it’s about. To them it’s just a fashion statement, nothing more.

Then there’s the more positive meaning, indicating that the person(s) wants to be a hippy, but just hasn’t learned and experienced enough yet to truly understand where we are coming from. These individuals are attracted to various elements they’ve seen and are really turned on to the underlying message. These people will soon join the new generation of hippies, which is a very real phenomenon.

Unfortunately the first definition is the prevailing one, used to put down those who really aren’t interested in what hippies really think and aren’t interested in rejecting the existing system, just in looking the part because it’s cool. They usually realize their mistake by the time they’re in high school. Yes, this is a teenybopper phenomenon and is totally meaningless in the scheme of things.

But the Next Generation of Hippies, is indeed real, and important. And their numbers are growing daily. They are idealistic and committed to changing the world, even if only by changing themselves, as you wish to do. Yes, that is the first step.

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
– Mahatma Ghandi

So once you find the ideals you support, you must then go and live them. This is a lifelong process and involves every thing you do in life. From eating to thinking to talking to working to shopping to loving to breathing even. When you become conscious of each of activity you perform in your day to day life, you become more aware of the implications and effects your actions have on you, those around you and the world in general. You realize there is no escaping the karmic responsibilities that go along with living in the material world. Hence you must become a more responsible being, living life in balance and harmony with everyone and everything around you. All your experiences are a chance for you to learn a more appropriate response than the one you’ve been programmed with. Reprogramming yourself is a massive challenge, but well worth the effort.

When you have worked on yourself and learn independent thought and action, then you can join your peers and learn how to cooperate and share power and take action to correct the imbalances that plague our world. Many never reach this stage because they are too caught up in self-involved ego trips to be much use to the collective. Many people never succeed in reprogramming themselves. They just pretend they have to assuage their consciences and ignore their many other responsibilities as a member of this planet.

You’re going to have to change the priorities of your life, if you love this planet.
– Dr. Helen Caldicott

So first you must find out who you really are in the scheme of things. Then you must locate your fulcrum, your center, your balance. The place in yourself thru which the universe flows unrestricted. Be there and stay there, and you will find your path thru life easily. There are many ways to achieve this including meditation, yoga, psychedelic drugs, fasting, following a guru, etc.

But ultimately it just comes down to you discovering yourself. That is where it’s at. The rest is just illusion.

Peace in Unity,
The Old Hippy

Posted by: skip
Views: 50109

Can you be a hippie without taking drugs?

Hi there Old Hippy!
About this drug thing… I wonder, when reading all the drug stuff at this page, do you think you
can’t be a hippie without taking the drugs? I mean, all the time I read stuff
about weed, mushrooms, acid and that stuff. I just don’t think that’s so

I consider myself a hippie, but I don’t do any drugs. Sure, drugs may be
effective when exploring you mind, but I’m sure there are better ways.
With, like, meditation or yoga you don’t risk being caught in a bad trip, you

However, I think it’s OK with others taking drugs, I mean, it’s a choice
you make. But I think being a hippie is more about caring for others, our
mother Earth and doing what you can to create a better world. Peace and Love…

With our LOVE we can save the world


You are absolutely right my friend! It isn’t necessary to do drugs to be a
hippy. Yes, meditation and the various forms of Yoga can bring about
self-awareness and enlightenment. The true hippy spirit is one of love,
peace, understanding and a deep respect for others and the planet. Mind
altering drugs are not essential to reaching these goals.

However, hippies acknowledge that the prevailing systems (economic,
political, religious, cultural, etc.) don’t really support these goals and
in fact keep us from realizing who we REALLY are and from a healthy
relationship with our fellow humans and mother earth. Hippies by definition
are opposed these systems. It takes a lot to break free of the mind control that
society has programmed for us since birth. For many people, it is not until they
try these drugs that they begin to realize the depth of their programming. Seeking to break free
from years of mind control they use these drugs to deprogram and reprogram
themselves into something new. It’s no wonder many hippies rename
once they assume their new identity.

Yoga and meditation can be successful ways to achieve the same thing, but
they take years of dedicated practice to reach their goals. Certain drugs
can have an even more dramatic effect in one day. The downside is that they
wear off and you come down! Yoga and meditation can keep you naturally high
for the rest of your life if you apply yourself. And since there is no
outside substance involved there is no chance of a bad trip. So it’s
really a matter of personal choice, as you say. There’s no point trying to
judge others. To each his own method.

And as for the Old Hippy, I don’t bring up this subject, everyone else does.
My mail has been full of drug questions since this column began (2 1/2 yrs
ago!). I’d much rather give everyone the straight dope than ignore their
pleas for information. I don’t try to promote these drugs. I just want
people to know what they’re getting into, so they can make informed choices.
I respect those who look before they leap!

-The Old Hippy


Posted by: skip
Views: 64350


Why use drugs?

Old Hippy,

I like the hippy ways, and even tho I am not a real hippy, I think that you promote a lot of good things. Most hippies are concerned with caring for Mother Earth, keeping the world a peaceful place, preserving forest lands, picking up litter, buying organic foods, and protecting the animals. All of the things that you promote are great, besides drug usage. If all hippies are concerned with being natural, and protecting all of Mother Earth’s creations, doesn’t that include us – human beings? Why use drugs and hurt your body and mind – Mother Earth’s greatest creation? How can you promote all of these good things but at the same time kill some others?

This is a good question. I’ve answered it before, but I’ll try again. You ask this question from a position of innocence. So let me ask you a few questions. How do you define drugs? Have you ever taken any? Is there a difference between illegal drugs, prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, alcohol and tobacco besides the legality? Are ALL drugs good or evil? Remember just because something is illegal doesn’t mean it’s necessarily bad. It just means it’s illegal. For instance taking a prescription drug without having a prescription is technically illegal. Does that make the drug taken bad???

You’ve obviously heard the anti-drug message in school, on TV, from parents, friends etc. This is a good message, especially for children. Children don’t need to experiment with drugs. Many children are given drugs in school whether they want them or not! Ritalin is just one drug used to “control” students. This is the point. Some drugs are used to “control” when authorized and issued by the government, schools, even parents. Drugs that affect your mind can either control it or open it! The underlying goal of schools and the educational system is to create “good citizens. Good citizens are productive members of society. That is they work hard, pay taxes, and obey all laws without question.

If this were truly the “American Way”, we would still be a British Colony! No, America has always had freedoms denied to other countries. Freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Freedoms including Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. The founders of our country refrained from trying to define this since further definition might limit these freedoms. Several of our founding fathers grew and smoked hemp! Now it is illegal, does that mean Washington and Jefferson were criminals?

You mention that you respect the hippy values concerning mother earth. Which would seem more “natural” to you, ingesting an organically grown plant in it’s native state, or something synthesized in a laboratory, mass produced in a factory, bottled under sanitary conditions, distributed around the world, and priced many times (sometimes hundreds of times) more than it cost to produce?

Now for the answers to the questions I posed before. The important difference between all drugs is whether they affect the mind and how. And yes, some drugs can kill. Alcohol is the most deadly drug we have in our society. Yet it’s perfectly acceptable! Marijuana on the other hand has no lethal dose. That means you can ingest all you possibly can with absolutely no risk of death! There has NEVER, EVER been a death attributed to overconsumption of marijuana.

Are All drugs good or evil? Of course this is a rhetorical question. Yet, you seem to believe all drugs are bad. Your anti-drug programming is so strong, you can’t distinguish between drugs. In more tolerant countries like Holland and Switzerland they have two categories of drugs. Soft drugs and hard drugs. They distinguish between these because the users are either recreational (soft) or addicted (hard). Soft drug use (marijuana, hashish) is tolerated, with no ill effects to users or the society. Hard drug (heroin, cocaine, speed) use makes people addicted and that means they have a problem with drugs. If they have a problem, the governments of both Holland and Switzerland want to help these people, not persecute them! They put their money into medical and social programs to help these people overcome their addictions or at least prevent them from being a burden on society by committing crimes to support their habit. This means that they even give these addicts their drugs!

We at Hippyland do not advocate the breaking of any laws! However we do insist that people know the facts! Marijuana is not a harmful drug. On the contrary, until it’s prohibition in the 1930s, marijuana extract was produced and distributed by 16 major drug companies in the U.S. to cure a wide range of maladies. It was a very popular product then, as it is now. Millions of Americans have smoked it and do so every day. They are all considered criminals and under the threat of imprisonment at any moment. Each year over 600,000 people are arrested for cannabis offenses. Many go to jail and have their house, cars, boats confiscated and never returned, even if they are found innocent! Once productive members of society thus become an expensive burden to society, requiring new jails to be constructed at an alarming rate. Did you know that the U.S. incarcerates a larger percentage of it’s population than any other country? About three times the percentage of the next country!

Recreationally accepted drugs (legal) in the U.S. are alcohol and tobacco. Attempts at prohibition have never succeeded. Likewise the $18 billion to be spent this year on the WAR ON AMERICANS, is not likely to do anything but put more innocent people in jail. Again, alcohol and tobacco have been PROVEN to cause hundreds of thousands of DEATHS each year. Why aren’t these drugs illegal? Why aren’t the users sent to jail? Why do we prosecute people who use far less dangerous drugs like marijuana? These are the questions you need to ask yourself, your teachers, your parents, your friends, your congressmen, and your President.

-The Old Hippy

Posted by: skip
Views: 43812

Burned out on Psychedelics

Old Hippy,

I ate way too many mushrooms on Dec. 23rd and had a trip that was way, way, way too intense for me. On that night I let go even though I wasn’t quite ready. It was really scary and way too much. I just layed on a bed moaning and groaning and experiencing every emotion I know of magnified by 5000. Now it’s more than 3 months later and I am afraid of psychedelics.

In the past they have opened my mind and truly changed me for the good. Now I am scared of them. I am in a
psychedelic jam band and all the dudes in my band are always wanting me to trip and play with them but I am too scared. I want to be able to trip again but you know how it is… if I was to get high now I’d probably think to myself oh no, what if I have a bad trip and then it’d become a bad trip! How can I ease myself in to tripping again?
Thanks old hippy!
are great!

Sounds like a very heavy experience! I think you should cool it for awhile. Doing psychedelics for kicks is not happening. They’re not party drugs and they don’t get you high, as you now realize.

Everyone comes to the point you’re at if they do enough mushrooms or acid. It does turn into a burnout. Timothy Leary was one of the few people I know who could do it regularly (once a week since the 60s he claimed). But he carefully controlled his set and setting each time, and respected but never abused the drug.

My problem with mushrooms has to do with the toxins. All magic mushrooms have a number of toxins that increase with the dose. These can really intensify the experience negatively. Your body is trying to stop being poisoned. What could have been a deeply satisfying trip turns into almost a matter of life and death. I once nearly killed myself on Amanita mushrooms.

So now I stay away almost entirely from psychedelics. Once you’ve been there and confronted your ego’s failings, it ain’t much fun to go back there again and again. I believe there is a collective experience we all have when we do psychedelics. That is, the experience and the place we reach is the same. If you learn the lessons there’s no reason to repeat them.

People who take these drugs just to get high are really trying to escape from reality and instead come face to face with their own mortality (instead of their immortality!). This causes them great depression when they crash, and rather than come to terms with themselves they seek to escape again.

I can only justify tripping to explore one’s inner self. I know musicians like it because they’re able to express themselves more easily (or at least they think so). Remember the Dead, my favorite band to trip to! If you want to seek further then as I said cool it for awhile (as long as a few years!) and if you still feel you are missing something you could try it again. It’s just a doorway. You get to see past the illusion but then you must return. But be careful of your dosage. That is very important. Also set and setting. Be in a supportive environment with supportive people, just in case.

Happy trails….
the old hippy

Posted by: skip
Views: 39531

Do think it’s cool to be a hippy?!

This is the stupidest web site ever made! Do think it’s cool to be a
hippy?! Well I can assure you it’s most certainly not!! I think all of you
weed smokin, greasy protesters should start a new country some where far
away from regular civilization where you can burn your own national flag
and debate over your own stupid, randomly thought out laws. Go back to
1969 where you belong!

You should think about why you wrote this and try to find the source of
your hate. When you find it, and confront it, you’ll be a much happier

The Old Hippy

Posted by: skip
Views: 36862

Communism vs Religion and Culture

my dear friend is a Communist. a ‘marxist idealist’ she calls herself. we often have debates going on the matter; she was telling me that one of the policies of the Communist system is to discourage and get rid of all cultural and religious differences. this is done with the intent that it will create a higher level of peace between the many different peoples of the world if they have no such differences between them; wars over religion, culture and race will cease to be. i argue that although this may be true to a certain extent, religion and culture are too great a price to sacrifice. she asks me what kind of a hippie i am, that i would not consent to this for the sake of world peace? but i could not give this up, even for the sake of more peace. what would this world be without its differences?

thanks a lot for the time!

This is a good involved question. In theory, the communist utopia envisioned by Karl Marx was a vast improvement over the impoverished conditions prevelant in the industrialized world in the early 1900’s. Indeed in Russia and China, the systems that existed prior to communism were very exploitive of the people.

The problem lies in the practice of communism because failable humans must setup the system and enforce it. The one thing that communism neglects to address is some of the most basic human traits including GREED (Capitalism certainly takes it into account). What happens is those who attain power within the system get corrupted – this is the truism; power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely. In all the communists systems that have appeared on the planet, each has had an all powerful dictator to run it. So that means one person, and one person alone gets to decide what is best for the millions of people living in the system. And since that one person is corrupted absolutely, everyone has to bow to that person’s vision, whether they like it or not! And the usual penalty for opposition is either exile or death.

To make the communist system work, they must eliminate cultural, ethnic and religious differences. We see how it’s done today in Kosovo (Milosovich learned well as a communist). It’s been done in similar fashion in Russia and China. Not a very good system, in my opinion.

Hippies rejoice in our differences. We respect and celebrate diversity, it’s what makes life interesting. Imagine if you went traveling, and everywhere it was the same. The same dreary buildings, the same slogans on banners, the same language, the same mentality, the same laws, the same music for god’s sake! This is life under communism (yes I know capitalism puts McDonalds everywhere, but at least in France it’s not a big mac, its a Royale). Is this what we want our lives to be? If this is the price of peace, I agree, it’s far too high.

Once upon a time, the communist system in it’s idealized form was an improvement. But now that we’ve seen it’s limitations, we can bid it farewell. What we need is a new, better system, one that takes into account human nature, especially the need for self-actualization. This system should encourage individuals to expand their minds and talents. We have yet to do better than the ancient Greeks who gave us the radical form of government called democracy.

Now that technology has enabled us to all communicate efficiently, to be well informed, and to easily express ourselves we have available the means to achieve something far greater than ever before. We need only to organize this into a self-governing system, one that will totally replace the existing one. It’s already beginning, our only obstacle is removing from power those who place such a high value on it (power). I hope it will be an evolution, not a revolution, that will accomplish these goals.

In the meantime, wars over political, racial, ethnic, and religious differences will occur, perhaps even more frequently! It’s totally natural to remove competing genetic material, whether you’re human or bacteria (sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference). That’s the bottom line. Each person protects his own DNA, first starting with himself, his family, his extended family, the group he identifies with, his ethnic, or religious group, then his nation. It’s completely instinctual.

What we need to do then, on an individual basis, one person at a time, is come to an understanding that our entire race is facing a mass extinction if we don’t change our attitudes. Isms and differences between people only keep us apart if we let them. We must get beyond our FEARS or genetic bias, and realize that we are all the same. We need to recognize our common inheritance, this planet, as being a sacred place and start showing it some respect (Communists seem unable to do this).

I believe it is possible for people to get beyond their differences and to display a higher morality that respects all life. All it takes is a good example for people to see how easy it is to live in peace and harmony. All it takes is a hippy.

-The Old Hippy

Posted by: skip
Views: 24558

War, the Draft and Population Control

(Note: this is from 1999)

I recently heard that they are sending ground troops to kosovo.
i was told that they are most likely going to start a draft. i am 19
years old and am worried about being drafted. i think it is terrible
what is happening over there but feel that killing is not the
answer. i am strongly against fighting and would do anything to not
go if i was drafted. there are surely better ways to go about
helping other than killing. what i am wondering is do you have any
suggestions on how to dodge the draft and what the consequences of
me doing so would be. also, even if it doesn’t come down to a draft, are
there ways i can help to remedy the situation that do not support the war?
and lastly, where do you stand on this issue? do you feel
there are other ways to go about this other than fighting and
killing? is there a point where i should suspend my beliefs toward
war and killing in order to fight for the lives of others? i feel
like my beliefs are opposing each other on this issue. on one side i
hold the belief that all killing is bad, war is evil and that
peace is the solution to everything, and on the other i believe that
it is everyone’s duty to help others in need. if the only way to help
the muslims in kosovo is war, i am confused. i do not know what is
more important. helping others or having peace. could it be
possible that the only way to create peace between the serbs and the
muslims is war? i hope not but it is certainly a possibility,

as against war as i am, i sometimes
feel it could be a good thing. and while i cannot justify killing
other humans simply because they hold different beliefs, in the long
run, could it be possible that war is helping to prolong the
existence of the human race?

i will attempt to explain what i mean.
in all animals other than humans there are certain limitations set
upon the species which limit the size of the population. these
include but are not limited to disease, fighting and killing due to
competition or need for food, and the size of the animals habitat.
when one elk kills another when competing to win the right to mate
with a certain female, or when a heard of caribou leave a sick member
to die or be eaten by wolves we say oh that is sad, but no big deal,
it is natures way. but as humans we have found ways to cure
diseases that should kill large amounts of people and we have created
special programs to help those individuals who are not able to
survive on their own. we have developed medicines and diets that
allow us to survive many years longer than was ever possible. all of
these developments ultimately increase the number of humans on
this earth and there is only so much room for us to grow. we are
already destroying the habitat of other animals so that we may
continue to expand. i feel that inevitably the earth will be unable
to support us any longer and something will happen to extinguish our
existence. or at least cut our population by a huge proportion such
as the bubonic plague did. perhaps war is the last natural way to
control our population? maybe peace (at least when thought of as
stopping war) is more harmful to everyone than war itself? these are
all questions with which i struggle and was just wondering if you
have any insight which could shed a light on my confusion.

one last thought. . . peace is a wonderful goal to work toward but everyone’s
definition of this should not simply mean ‘no war.’ it is much more
important to be at peace with our individual selves and with the
natural world than to end war. we have committed far greater crimes
to our mother earth and our brother and sister animals than we do
when we kill each other. at least in war the two sides know what
they are getting into and have an understanding for what is going on
and for the consequences. And to the Old Hippy, thank you for your
time. I am sure everyone who writes to you is as appreciative as
myself that there is someone out there to listen to our questions and
provide guidance when we need it most.

Wow, what difficult questions! You’ve obviously thought this out. I wish more of us would think things through before we open our mouths. I’ll try to answer these deep questions.

First concerning the draft and how to dodge it. Thankfully, there isn’t one now and hopefully it won’t be necessary to force people against their will to travel long distances to kill people they don’t even know, or get killed themselves. I wasn’t a draft dodger myself as I was in a lottery and got a lucky number, over 300. Even though I was in school I would’ve been drafted if my number was lower. There really was no escape from the Vietnam era draft in the early years, except to flee the country. Many of our boys went to Canada. I suppose many of them still live there!

Since the draft was stopped, I believe it will take an act of Congress to restore it. One can only hope that should they resort to that desperate measure they’ll use some common sense and not force people to serve against their will and conscience. I know the armed services have had trouble in the last few years filling their quotas. This could mean that they are understaffed for a prolonged conflict on a wide scale. So this IS A POSSIBILITY! It’s good that people are concerned about this because it can happen pretty fast. One day you’re graduating high school looking forward to college and your future when a draft notice arrives and suddenly your future becomes much less certain.

I hope that in the event of another draft, everyone will get out and protest! Don’t wait until YOUR NUMBER IS UP! I believe if you feel it’s your duty to defend “your country” against Serbian aggression, then, hey, go for it. It’s your life. But if you don’t believe that killing others is the solution, then you must say it and SAY IT LOUD!

Now as far as other ways to help the situation. There is always a need for volunteers to help get aid to the real victims of war. Everything from picking up donations to delivering them in the field requires much time and energy. I’m sure there are agencies in your area that are helping out the refugees. In any war there are many ways to assist, and many ways to protest. As we are seeing, much of the war is fought with propaganda, with each side trying to convince the public that they are right. That is also how you protest. You organize, you go out in public, you provide information, and you make your feelings known! You march on picket lines, you sign petitions, you write your congressmen, you boycott, you rally, you get your friends to help. That’s what it’s all about, that’s what it takes to sway public opinion and the political powers that be. We’ve done it before, we can do it again.

As far as the situation in Kosovo is concerned, it is a real mess. At this time we are hearing reports of innocent Kosovo civilians being killed by an air attack on a convoy. This is the tragedy of war. The people who make war, whether they sit in the Pentagon or in some Palace in Bagdad or Belgrade are immune from it’s effects. Our government respects the rights of dictators and mass murderers far more than the innocent people smashed by the war machine. All in the name of sovereignty. Makes you wonder just how much they’ll care about YOU when YOUR NUMBER IS UP, eh?

It took the destruction of Europe to finally get to Hitler. Do you think it will take any less to get to Milosovich? Do you think he would stand down? His power in Yugoslavia is absolute, and so he is absolutely corrupted. Does this mean he would sooner see the destruction of his country and the death of all his countrymen before he would surrender? Let’s hope we don’t have to find out!

So this leaves us with a moral dilemma of global proportions. What have we learned since WWII and Vietnam that can help us with this situation? During the beginning of WWII the U.S. sat on the sidelines being neutral, not wanting to get involved. In the meantime, Hitler’s troops rolled over one country after another, inventing more efficient methods of “ethnic cleansing” along the way. Eventually it got to the point where the U.S. finally felt threatened by the situation. If we had acted earlier, how many MILLIONS of lives would have been saved?

In Vietnam, our government viewed the situation through the lens of the “domino theory” believing that once Vietnam became totally communist, the rest of Asia and the Pacific would follow, in a similar fashion to Eastern Europe. Remember communism was at its peak in the 60s! In this case with Serbia, it’s not an issue of ideology or economic theory. It’s a clear case of ethnic and religious rivalry and greed. In my opinion this irrational hatred is the most serious issue facing the world on the eve of a new millennia.

But these issues are human issues and have been present since man first killed man. According to Eastern philosophy, the individuals involved, whether they have the power to declare war or are the first innocent victims, are fulfilling their karma. To judge these people and their actions in any way draws you into their karmic energy. If the world is a giant stage where we act our parts in some life or death drama then we must choose our role carefully. For we are doomed to act the part over and over again until we get it right. To get it right means that we treat others with love and respect, thereby freeing ourselves from the karmic burden and the cycle of reincarnation.

So to answer the last questions you posed, war is not a solution that automatically brings peace. Yet peace always comes when the war ends! Taking sides in a war means that you are now involved karmically. Calling for peace and helping your fellow man is the path of love and will bring about the best results.

By asking these questions, I can see you are on the right path. Your observations about man and the larger ecosystem reveal your insight into what lies behind Maya, the illusion. The natural forces at work are far beyond man’s comprehension. They have provided us with a luxurious garden that provides far more than we need. We will eventually pay for our lack of respect for this garden, and this time we might be exiled permanently. If the planetary choice is between our species and the health of the planet, I wouldn’t bet against mother nature finding a way to “cleanse the human disease”. By respecting your fellow man, regardless of his karmic situation, you improve life on the planet. Indeed, showing this respect for all life and the planet itself is the only way we can make it through the next millennium.

-The Old Hippy

Posted by: skip
Views: 19730

Bad Trips, Good Trips

I have never tried mushrooms, although i know that i want to. recently,
however, my friend had a bad trip. he said that it was the worst he
ever felt and that he became so depressed that he actually considered
killing himself. this is the first time i have ever heard of a bad trip
off of mushrooms. i am wondering if it is common or if this is some
freak occurrence?

The way psilocybin, the active ingredient in mushrooms affects the brain is similar to that of LSD, affecting neurotransmitters. This can lead to a number of psychological manifestations. Depression is more likely if the dose is large and the trip is deep. Contributing factors can be a tendency towards depression, or a bad mind set going into it. Perhaps your friend was thinking he was just going to get high, and wasn’t prepared to undergo an intense inward experience. The setting is also important since some places have good vibes (like nature), and others can elicite negative responses (like cities). Perhaps most important is having someone supportive, who isn’t doing mushrooms, around to monitor the situation and help out if necessary.

I’m surprised that people are doing these drugs (still) without realizing
how powerful they are. LSD, psilocybin (mushrooms), mescaline (peyote)
are all heavy hallucinogens whose dose is very hard to gauge.

Each of these drugs has the potential of giving the user one of the most intense
experiences of his/her life. They are not to be taken lightly, they are not
for kicks or to get high. Many people take these psychedelics for the first
time expecting a party. It may start that way, but often it turns into
Scream, or some other horror movie gets shown at their own private cinema of
the ego.

If you are prepared for this, knowing what might happen, and have the proper
set and setting then the chances of a good trip are maximized. What is a
good trip? I suppose it would be the one where the layers of the ego are
stripped away, and the now humbled tripper sees himself as an infinitesimal
speck in something so wonderful, that being just a speck, something alive
and aware, is far greater than anything he can imagine.

What a long strange trip,

The Old Hippy

Posted by: skip
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Why is there so much hatred towards hippies?

I’m confused as to why there is so much hatred towards hippies in the past few years. Everybody in my school is all like oooh hippies, stupid f*ckin tree huggers. I just dont get why they’re so ignorant. Just recently I’ve noticed a surge of hatred though, actually as of this year. I think it’s fueled by the hip-hop crowd. Their values totally collide with ours. They are greedy, capitolistic, rude and not to mention violent. And we are peacefull, non materialistic beings. What do you think old hippy? I hope you can inspire me.


This is a question I’ve asking myself recently. I think you hit the nail on the head when you pointed out how our values collide with the hippie haters. Our mere existence not to mention colorful presence causes what’s known as psychological dissonance. We represent an alternative to mainstream thinking and values and thus a challenge to all those who accept the status quo.

The pressure to conform, especially in American society has never been greater in my lifetime. It’s similar to the 50’s when everyone was expected to graduate high school and college, get a 9-5, get married, have 2.5 kids and move to the suburbs. Back then there were far fewer options around too.

Now we have a Republican administration, and this kind of thinking thrives when the country’s leaders are conservative cowboys who promote war and violence as a solution to the world’s most intractible problems. Add to this the terrorist hysteria, the fucked-up economy, the broken dreams, the ecological catastrophes just around the corner, and you have a situation ripe for dividing the country into opposite camps.

The media is also to blame. I cannot believe how much violence I see everyday in TV, rock videos, movies, even on my street (today it’s endless loud fireworks for New Years). This has taken its toll in several generations, who now see violence as a normal human expression, something to be expected and returned, tit for tat.

For a real contrast, I recently watched the movie Mary Poppins, which I hadn’t seen since I was a kid. I was amazed at how slickly they had inserted such now extinct values in the movie as respect for elders, politeness, anti-capitalist values, in fact it’s a complete homage to personal freedom and creativity. You rarely see that anymore in the movies or on TV.

The level of violence and the sheer quantity of it blows me away. The public has been led to believe that violence in the media doesn’t translate to actual violence. This is A BIG LIE. It is pure brainwashing, and so it doesn’t surprise me to see so many people willing to kill others, even innocent people, just out of revenge. It’s truly sick.

Of course hippies will always be in the minority, but again, just the fact that we exist, that we are willing to explore and present alternative ideas and solutions means that all these war-mongers and greedy capitalists must address these very important issues that they would rather ignore in their quest for money and power.

So don’t dismay that we are hated by some, (perhaps feared is closer to the truth), because we serve to enlighten and challenge the status quo. As long as we speak out and don’t hide our true feelings we can preserve our freedoms to do just that. If we retreat in silence we may never again have the right to stand up to the powerful and tell it like it is.

The next few years will make a big difference for our collective future. We are almost beyond the point of no return. Many of those young people with their short hair, (some bald now), waving their flags, shouting patriotic slogans, will soon end up dead on some distant battlefield. So feel sorry for them, and pray we don’t all end up dead.
Peace, hopefully,
the Old Hippy

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Electrical Banana?

hey i was wondering about some drug that people used
in the 60’s. it was part of a banana or something so if
you would let me know bout that then just e-mail me
back and let me know where to find it on the banana and
how to prepare it. thanks a lot man.
peace out man

No you can’t get high off banana peels, but it fooled many for awhile. This was back when Donovan’s Mellow Yellow was at the top of the charts (and drug experimentation was at the top of many a hippy’s chart).

The rumor, as I heard it then, was you take some banana peels, dry roast them in an oven, then scrape the inside of the peel and put it in a pipe and smoke it. Of course I wouldn’t advise anyone to do it, as it was just a joke.

The Old Hippy
E-lec-tri-cal Banana is gonna be a sudden craze. – Donovan

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