I’ve been watching the Woodstock movie again. I have watched it several times over the years and every time I see it, or another documentary about the late ‘60s, I ask “What happened?” What happened to the ideology, the naiveté, the good music? Why didn’t this peace and love thing catch on?
Many people say it was the drugs. I don’t think so. The drug thing was just a side show, a distraction. That is not why so many people turned from the ideals of peace and love and helping one another to materialism and distrust. I believe that most people of the Woodstock generation didn’t really want to change the world; they were just there to party. When the party was over, they started building houses that were three times as big as their parents. The average new house today is more than three times the size of the average house built in the 1950’s and ‘60s. They eventually returned to the materialistic lifestyle they learned from the previous generation.
For some of us, we found the true source, faith in Jesus Christ. Often the traditional church was slow to accept these folks who had little regard for stained glass and 19th century hymns, so they started their own churches. The Bible lists the whole list of ideals in Galatians 5: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” That is it. That is how you identify a follower of Christ. Except for maybe the self-control part, that pretty much describes the hippies of 50 years ago.
I have often thought about what Jesus would have said and done had he walked on earth during that time. That is the subject of my book, “Jesus of Kansas.” It is available as a free download at JesusOfKansas.com. Check it out.