It is manifesting itself through rebellion against moral constraints and traditional American values. The culture war continues.
i read, and understood your post.
i'm trying to think of the right way to put this, because i'm not interested in offending you on this topic. maybe this is the right wording?
i say it that way because, it seems like you are old enough to have experienced some of the '60s and '70s stuff personally, if only in a "saw it on t.v." way?
because of where i lived, which was louisville, kentucky, that was for the most part how i experienced the national events. while i was part of the local underground scene, mostly through my playing in a couple of popular bands; i also was involved in the start up of one of the local "underground papers". in any case, i was on the side that had grown up with the vietnam war and did not believe that we were involved in something that needed to be. obviously, there were two sides to that coin.
but, you should consider what i posted to you first; the "revolution" had two sides as well. some believed that peaceful protest and civil disobedience was called for. that was what i was about.
the other side felt that the only way to get the attention needed to end the war was through direct action. that was the approach of the weathermen, and to a lesser extent the more militant guys in the sds.
to put sort of a clear face on the thing, some, like myself, thought that peacefully taking over a campus building was okay. others, like the weathermen were more interested in blowing it up.
same motives, much different activities. can you see the difference?
the same could be said about what was called the "pro-war" people. in my travels around the region for gigs, we were often met, alternately, with curious stares or
down right hostility. luckily, since we were basically just long haired country boys, we also felt inclined to defend ourselves. much to the dismay of more than one bat waving redneck. can't tell a book and all of that. sounds contradictory, doesn't it? but being for peaceful existence doesn't include allowing yourself to be bludgeoned in my book.
by the way, several years ago, i decided to grow my hair again for kicks. and when i go to our family home in tennessee, i may get a couple of dirty looks, maybe 2 or 3 in the last 10 years, but nobody takes it much farther than that anymore.
and that's where i'm going with this...
you are viewing current events in a much different light than younger people are now.
most young people are more concerned with their
lives and issues that effect them
than they are with getting involved in their parents or grandparents culture wars. a lot of the stuff that you and i may care about is of little interest to them beyond recycling a little of the music and clothes a bit.
if nothing else, they've got their own problems. many of which you and i didn't have to deal with. such as, where the hell am i going to get a job that will pay enough to pay off the student loan and hopefully be able to buy a white picket fence. that doesn't leave a lot of time to worry about hippies and rednecks in their world. and at this point, it is
things change. whether we like it or not. so the choice is to either change with them or cease to be relevant.
for myself, i'd rather go with the flow and enjoy life than sit around bemoaning the good old days.
any way, i hope you understand what i'm saying to you and take it in the spirit it's offered.