True Hippies…Do They Still Exist?

By Riley Martin

Graphic by Lexy Martinucci

Merriam Webster stated the academic definition of a hippie, “A hippie ( especially in the 1960’s) is a person of unconventional appearance, typically having long hair, associated with a subculture involving rejection of conventional values.” Through the generations– in some eyes this “idealistic” life has revolutionized with society and has morphed into what some would “not a true hippie”. Sandra Safein, a sophomore student at Las Lomas stated her definition of a true hippie, “A true hippie is one who fully dedicates their entire life to peace and love for the earth and for people. Also, one who does not care about materialistic items.” Although, “true” hippies are not extinct, but they are a rarer sight to come by when applying Safein’s definition. She believed, “The older hippies live in a minimalistic way, and they are simpler rather than the hippies today. They have so many desires and thoughts. That is, in my opinion, what distinguishes a ‘true’ hippie and the modern day hippie.” 

That all said, this group of people is all stereotyped similarly based on their shared values. Iris McMillian, a senior at Las Lomas, stated, “Yes, of course each one is different and might have different views, but they all share the same core value, like peace and love for every single thing on this Earth, no matter what. Not to mention, they all obtain the free spirit that naturally comes with being devoted to this lifestyle.” With each hippie, no matter what race, ethnicity, age or gender, the commonality of values that revolve around peace and love remain constant. Societal norms have changed and with that, the groups within a society inevitably change with it. Hippies are a reminder that peace and love still exist on a magnified scale. Potentially, some have become more materialistic than those in older generations, but this doesn’t take away from what a “true” hippie is all about.