According to the Google dictionary, a hippie is a person of unconventional appearance, typically having long hair and wearing beads, associated with a subculture involving a rejection of conventional values and the taking of hallucinogenic drugs. Minus the beads and drugs, I pretty well fit that description. When did a socially conservative, evangelical, southern Baptist become the new hippie?
Lets break it down: Unconventional appearance " as a homeschooling mother of three, I rarely wear makeup. I dont have my nails done and havent had my hair cut in several years. I find that a pair of jeans, John Deere sweatshirt, and a French braid are sufficient for most of the days tasks. I certainly dont fit the prevailing ideal for the American woman.
Associated with a subculture involving a rejection of conventional values " absolutely I reject conventional values. I reject the safety and nutrition of our USDA inspected food supply. I reject the public education system. I reject the idea that the government can or should take care of me. I reject bureaucracy, property taxes, modern medicine, social security, immigration, building codes, and everything else that tramples on or threatens my life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.
To my utter astonishment this aligns me more with the hippies of the past and less with todays mainstream. But as part of a new generation that is bucking the conventional values of our day, my beliefs often alienate me from all groups. If I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman but that the government should stay out of it and not define what God has already stated - then I dont fit among conservatives. If I believe that free markets and capitalism will eventually self-regulate and bend to the peoples will thereby giving us more opportunity and competition if the government would again, stay out of it - then I dont fit among liberals.
I also have a hard time defining myself as a libertarian due to the foreign policy and legalized drug debates. I believe that drugs are bad for an individual physically and that spiritually a user is trying to fill a void that only God can fill. However, I suppose that on the legalized drug debate I could follow the logic that if I reject modern medicine with its endless array of pharmaceuticals, vaccinations and advice that changes daily " if I recoil at the government mandating that my children be vaccinated before attending a school, then I cant very well accept drug regulations that dont apply to me while rejecting the regulations I just mentioned. Therefore if an individual wants to take drugs, its that individuals right as long as they arent harming another person and dont expect me or the government to financially support the drug habit or ensuing health conditions.
However on foreign policy I cant call myself a libertarian by any argument. In light of history and the Bible, I believe its our duty to protect Israel. In protecting Israel, we minimize threats to our own way of life. If we could stop being politically correct as a nation, call Islam what it is: a terrorist inspiring organization bent on the destruction of Israel and the West, then I truly think that we could more effectively wage the war on terror and not draw out military escapades over decades.
In the final assessment, Im a long-haired Christian who rejects conventional values and policies of all sides. Does that make me a hippie?
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