A person who is content to throw away the idea of fitting to society's norms (such as money orientation, rigorous maintenance of appearance, suppression of emotion) in order to find balance and discover who they are and how to make themselves happy. They try doing this without treading on others' happiness.

True hippies also do not judge others that are not like them, as they know that everyone has their place in the world. Their place is to try and balance competition, war, and the mass consumption of the earth's resources. They only preach this due to the belief that there aren't enough like minded people to achieve that balance needed to prevent humanity from self-destruction due to world wars, and a lack of earth's sustenance.

Spreading peace and love ideology: Originates from a self-interested philosophy of gratification, as does nearly everything we do. However, as we become adults and develop relationships and emotions for people in our lives, the simple, self centered theory complicates greatly.

Most people want to be happy in life and find that people being happy around them helps to achieve this (sociopaths aside) so hippies tend to promote this feeling of well being. Making others happy around us is in all of our best interests.

Communal Living: Much to do with the peace and love philosophy, we are surrounding ourselves with happy, like minded individuals.

As most of the population are naturally social creatures and work together to achieve things that would be very difficult to do as individuals, we the human race have been survivors throughout history (while we slowly kill the rest of the world in order to survive and thrive). Communes are a natural response to the human desire to be and work together, as well as to conserve resources.

"Technologically impaired, dirty, broke": As addressed in the commune section, we are, at this point not even slowly killing the rest of the world so that we can survive as a species. This is a well backed scientific conclusion.

The minimalist philosophy suggests that we use only what we need for our survival and happiness, and against common believe, we don't need toys and closets of clothing and brand new cars , etc., to be happy. We feel otherwise because we are afraid of judgement.
Not to say this is a bad thing, this is also natural, it aids in competitiveness which is a motivating drive that has been essential in our survival.

Tie-dye: Most common three users I have crossed paths with are 1. People who use it to express who they are and what they believe and try to promote this, or at least warn others they come in contact with beforehand, as it is a pretty common symbol of the hippie religion :).
2. People who want you to think they are a hippie without actually believing, or acting upon the beliefs.
3. People who don't know or care exactly what the tie dye flag represents, but utilize it for the colors. These users often are genetically void of fashion sense.

Holistic healing: As non-mainstreamers are very aware, alternative views can go overlooked, and are often ridiculed. Supporting probiotics and alkaline diets, etc., that are also overlooked and ridiculed is second nature-having first hand experience with mass rejection, you fucking stand up for your own.

Also, many people ridicule these theories because they are not backed by science, but they aren't disproved. Anyway, this is a whole different fucking essay. Medical companies are not evil for the most part, but they can only do so much, all of which requires funding. Investors don't invest in things like preventative medicine and natural healing, as there is little to no return. So the likelihood of concluding these theories anytime soon is very low.

Hazes and trips: Most commonly one of the following: As wine, cheese and baguettes are to the french, hallucinogens and joints are to hippies. This is simply cultural practice, used for enjoyment and unity.

As peyote was to the native americans, hallucinogens and joints are to hippies. They are used to enhance personal spirituality, achieve an enlightened state, induce revelations of the spiritual state of the world, connections between anything and everything.

Often, one person will have different experiences and different purposes depending. Sometimes, these substances are like (or combined with) tv for the average american. Used to distract from the pain of boredom, isolation, regret, general dissatisfaction with life. Used to make friends more easily. Hippies are cheerful, but they have bad times just like everyone else.

Hypocritical: Everyone is this way about some things at some point, usually often. Most of us try not to be, but this is inevitable as we are inconsistent by nature, causing us to say and do things we don't believe in, change our minds, misunderstand what we are saying or doing, or some days just run out of energy and not give a shit. Happens to the best of us, and the ability to change and adjust daily not only causes us to be hypocrites sometimes, but also enables us to survive-deal with our surroundings and experiences, grow as people, advance our thought processes. It is an ugly and beautiful thing, much like your parents having sex to make you.

hippie-you can only love and respect anything or anyone as much as you have love and respect for yourself.
by analyzer bunny April 22, 2008
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A Hippie is a person who was raised under the ideological system that came out of the tumultuous 1960's in North America and western Europe. They are either of the flower-child/baby boomer generation or that generations' subsequent offspring. They possess a core belief set revolving around the values of peace and love as being essential in an increasingly globalized society, and they are oftentimes associated with non-violent anti-governmental groups. There is a stigma of drug abuse attached to the hippies that is prevalent to this day, specifically the use and abuse of marijuana and hallucinagens. Many rock movements,poets, artists, and writers from the 1960's to today have associated with this movement, most prominently The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, and Phish. There are others too numerous to name. The movement, then and now, is considered a sub-culture by sociologists that associates itself with the left in all its political opinions. The conservative right often berates and abuses the opinions of people who associate themselves with the hippie movement and/or lifestyle, as the consider it dangerous and degenerative to a society to favor liberalism to such an extent.
"When we heard about the hippies, the barely more than boys and girls who decided to try something different... we laughed at them. We condemned them, our children, for seeking a different future. We hated them for their flowers, for their love, and for their unmistakable rejection of every hideous, mistaken compromise that we had made throughout our hollow, money-bitten, frightened, adult lives."
Author: June Jordan

"How many times must the cannonballs fly, before they're forever banned? ...How many deaths will it takes till he knows that too many people have died?"
Bob Dylan- Blowin in the wind.
by Jonathan Williams September 11, 2004
One who embraces life to the fullest. Promotes peace, love and happiness, but sure as hell sticks up for what they believe in. Anyone can be a hippie, not just that dirty dread-locked tie-dyed pothead with the dead shirt on. HIPPIES ARE WONDERFUL PEOPLE!!!
Jerry Garcia, All the amazing dead-heads, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, You, Me
by Bev December 13, 2004
One who looks upon all of these negative definitions and shakes his head thinking how sad it must be to no longer have the ability to dream of a world that we were all taught to strive for as children. One who loves everyone without prejudice.
by Anonymous September 06, 2003
One who believes in values such as peace, love, and happiness. However, the rest of the world can not seem to grasp these concepts and chose war, hate, and misery. Thus, they despise the ways of the hippies.
Hey, the hippies say that there is no need for our pointless violence. Why don't we listen to them?

Why would we do that when we can continue to live our in our hateful misery?
by PeachyKeen June 25, 2003
a person with a non-conformist state of mind. non-conformist in the sense that they don't conform to the socially accepted, but in return conform to other hippies with the same peace of mind ideaology. not always disillusioned by the use of psychedelics, marajuana, or other drugs. which is a common misconception. their common ambitions are for a utopia. they are anti war, many are vegeterian, and act in non violent protest (if they do use violence they are hypocritical) it is unfair to make steriotypes of these people who just want to live their lives with equality and love, and peace.
"Hippies started the ecology movement. They combated racism. They liberated sexual stereotypes, encouraged change, individual pride, and self-confidence. They questioned robot materialism. In four years they managed to stop the Vietnam War. They got marijuana decriminalized in fourteen states during the Carter Administration." Timothy Leary
by Olivia September 28, 2004
Originally a term thought to be used by Harlem's black neighborhoods to describe the white "flower children" who could come and go without trouble. From the 50's; stemmed from the bohemian movement started by professors and students in the San Francisco bay region who were experimenting with acid's effects. The idea spread in the mid to late sixties with the help of the Grateful Dead and the Merry Pranksters as they toured the country, and eventually organized the Electric Kool Aid Acid Tests (a book was named after these).

As the Vietnam War continued, those opposed to the war joined together under the leadership of such people as Abbey Hoffman, who helped radicalize the anti-war movement of the seventies. The police, or the "fuzz," eventually tried to stem the prolific drug use by recriminalizing marijuana, and making LSD illegal, thus uniting "hippies" and their activist counterparts, the "yippies," under one common struggle aimed personally against them and their friends' "life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness". Also during this time was the sexual revolution, which got women out of the kitchen and into the workforce, and eroded many taboos of the time.

Generally, there was a move toward utopianism, where everyone would have everything they needed to survive - thus, people often only had one set of clothes, which were dyed and redyed, patched, mended, faded, torn, and dirty. As with the rampant homelessness and vagabond life, soap and trimmed hair were considered secondary, and sometimes unnecessary in the great scheme of things.

As time went on, the touring Grateful Dead had a major following which brought new generations into the movement; the Rainbow Family continues the utopian tradition today; and organizations such as NORML and Greenpeace came from 1970's idealism.

TV shows such as Southpark portray hippies as tie-dyed, pot smoking, dumb high school dropouts, who can organize a gathering, but don't actually do anything to stand up for what they believe in or are protesting. This is a typical stereotype across American media.

Often, the "hippie" stereotype includes a teenaged to 50-60 year old adult who believes that peace, love, and happiness is there for anyone who wants it. They tend to be non-conformist, are considered liberal, and left-wing politically, often, if registered to vote, are independents or democrats. They don't regularly cut their hair or buy new things, and tend to wear the same, faded clothes for years, some of them patched and re-dyed many times. Many are environmentalists, pacifists, and nonviolent.
"If you call yourself a hippie, you aren't really a hippie."
by blue caps April 22, 2006
A hippie is a person who is comfortable enough with themselves that they do not hold judgements against anyone else. They are usually happy people and tend to/try to spread their happiness everywhere they go. A true hippie does not categorise themselves by the way they dress but by the way they act. To be a hippie is to be part of the larger view of peaceful activism. There are although, many different groups of hippies:
1.the gonja tye dyed hippie
2.the holistic healing hippie
3.the festival touring hippie
4.the hipster/weirdo raver hippie
etc.
There are so many different types of hippies in the world that they have become a whole different race of people.
I think, if the world was consumed by hippies, if we took over the population, things would look much more green and beautiful.
by mrsmegnolia May 15, 2006

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