The story really pointed that out, didn't it lumi? About how the murders of King and Kennedy really deflated everyone and left us feeling so helpless. Watching Dr. King make that speech brought tears to my eyes knowing he would soon be dead and you could almost tell he knew it too.
And, yes, some of the political rhetoric sounded very familiar...
Exactly. My brother lives in France and watches American politics from afar. He couldn't understand why the people aren't marching in the streets over Iraq and Bush etc. I tried to explain Kent State and King and Kennedy. People believe something they didn't believe back then. That our government has no qualms about killing us.
Now, my aunt, in her 80's and still a very active activist believes in bloody revolution. Those are her Leninist colors showing. But most Americans don't have any beliefs that they are willing to die for these days that aren't personally related to them. Die for family yes, enlightenment and equality, no. Willing to kill for maybe but not die for.
I'm reminded of a line in "Almost Famous'... "Look at them, a whole generation of Cinderella's and there's noooo slipper." That about sums up what I'm seeing today in our youth. Perhaps not the drugs but they've tuned out through shopping and consuming instead of acid trips. Which, as others have said, were unpredictable. I walked this entire city back then, on acid, and remember remarking on the pretty moss growing on bricks and understood Jimi Hendriks' 'purple haze' but I sure didn't get much else done.
I'm on Hunter's side. Action is the only way. We can't sit around and hope for bliss and expect the problems to be solved. For all the centuries of humankind, it's always been work first, then play. That's gets things done. No mind you, as an artist, while I enjoy my art and have fun, it's still work, so even the creative types are working before playing...
Anyway, that's a bit of a ramble, hard to comment on all the amazing posts but thought I'd through that out there.