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Peace and its many aspects

It was forty years ago

I suppose everybody knows that this summer was the fortieth anniversary of the (original) Woodstock Music and Arts Festival.  As I mentioned some time back I was there.   Well, I wasn’t planning to mention the anniversary (though I think it has some importance), until I came across this article from the Washington Post.    What is interesting here is the idea that at least part of the current generation of American youth “get” what the original festival was about.  Consider:

“For Grey and Suchan, it was their way to connect tangibly to a time when youth gained power and set out to change the world.

“It’s so important, this movement that’s going on,” said Grey, who is originally from Baltimore. “It’s a trend now for kids to think about peace.”

She continued: “Since the original Woodstock happened, a lot has changed. But this is a way to rejuvenate it. We’ve got to have another revolution!”

Suchan, who is studying collective consciousness and spiritual transformation as an American studies major, chimed in: “This consciousness is alive!” Surveying the drumming circle, the bonfire and the old-timers gathered, he said: “It’s contagious, too. Plus, we have the Internet [here], so we’re all connected.” ”

…and :

“Many of the Woodstock legends were dead well before the youngsters were born, and many know the music only through digital downloads — they’ve never known life without cellphones and text messaging.

Yet here they were, in large numbers — some with their parents, and many who had come on their own. They were here for the music, yes. And more than a few were for the controlled substances in ready supply.

But most were here for something more. They came to touch, even briefly, an earlier moment when words like love and peace didn’t sound so much like cliches, and togetherness meant more than linking up through a social networking site.”

One should not, of course, put too much credence in this kind of journalistic “pop” sociology; but there are some reasons to take this at least as a potential indicator  of change (like the recent Presidential election).    There are some similarities between the two eras such as ongoing wars in remote places, social crises of various kinds, concern about the nature and direction of the political process, and perhaps most importantly, an awareness of a need for something meaningful and spiritual.

I guess those concerns never go away.

Peace (man)!


August 21, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,

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