Liz wrote:Sands wrote: So maybe when something becomes a recognisable 'wave' it needs to break in order for real change to keep happening. Because once everyone's just riding the wave instead of swimming for themselves you've just got another status quo. Dylan was brave enough to swim against the tide and so was Hunter, and maybe that kind of individual bravery is worth a million people just riding the wave.
Sorry to rant, but this has really got my brain buzzing.
EDIT: Of course Johnny is another of those brave souls prepared to swim against the tide
I can feel those brainwaves through cyberspace, Sands. And you took the words right out of my mouth (re: Johnny)--maybe not the exact words because you are more articulate than I.
I thought of another bandwagon that everyone got on and rammed down our throats--feminism. I always felt the pressure to conform to the new ideals of feminism. Don't get me wrong. I am in total support of feminism. But I didn't fit into the mold anymore when I left my career to raise my kids. I always felt that feminism was about being an individual and having the right to pursue my own dreams--which may or may not be a high-powered career. I feel I am pursuing exactly what I want to pursue and feel very fortunate that I can do so.
Great post Sands. Very interesting take on Bob Dylan. I taped the special on him and can't wait to watch it now.
I agree with you Liz, on feminism. I thought it to mean the freedom to make your own choices about your life. When my kids were young and I was a stay at home mom, there was constant friction between the stay-at-home and the working-outside-the-home mothers. A constant feeling of having to justify your choices. That's not what freedom is all about. And I think Sands is correct in saying that there was that pressure to "conform" to the radical views of the 60's or be considered part of the establishment. If everyone conformed though, they wouldn't be so radical would they?