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Forum Post: 40 things the hippies were right about!

Posted 5 years ago on Dec. 25, 2012, 11:51 p.m. EST by quantumystic (1710) from Memphis, TN
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1 Make love, not war. It’s a cliché, but it’s as sensible as anything anyone ever said anywhere. The Vietnam of the past is the Iraq of the present. We’re still at war, and would prefer not to be. 2 Natural foods are a way of life, not a lifestyle. Natural foods are not a fad diet. When people eat natural foods, and eat slow food and cook at home, those people enjoy better health. We know that people are committed to eating healthy, natural food because Outpost owners stick around, even during a recession. 3 Buying bulk saves money & the planet. “Unpackaged,” a new store in London recently opened its doors, marketing itself on this premise: customers buy empty containers, fill them in the store and return to re-fill them when they are empty. This keeps prices down, and keeps bottles out of landfill. We agree, and it’s why we’ve been offering bulk grains, soup, tea and spices for decades. 4 Pesticides are harmful. We instinctively know this. A pesticide kills bugs, so why would we want to eat it? 5 Cooperation is better than corporation. It works for Outpost, of course, but consider others. Think about the recession. Think about the banks. Then think about the credit unions. The credit unions fared better because of their cooperative, less risky business model. 6 Knowing where your food comes from makes sense. “Know your farmer, know your food,” is the mantra from the Obama administration. Whether it was a slogan on a sandwich board in 1973 or a clever piece of copywriting out of Washington in 2009, the fact remains that consumers are less likely to suffer from food-borne illnesses if they know where their food comes from. This isn’t just about touchy-feely community relations. Recall the October 2009 New York Times article exposing how ground beef products can be made up of different cuts of meat from different slaughterhouses — impossible to trace. The reporter told the story of dance instructor Stephanie Smith, whose E.coli-tainted hamburger meat put her in a coma for nine weeks. How can we keep food safe when we don’t know where it came from? We can’t. 7 Herbs are nature’s pharmacy. If a natural remedy can cure what ails you, why use anything else? 8 Logo t-shirts are cool. Just ask Alterra or Milwaukee’s Teecycle Tim, who runs a business selling vintage logo shirts. 9 So are Red Wing boots with vibram soles. It’s how you wear ‘em. 10 Freedom. People everywhere just want to be free. 11 Yoga. People everywhere 
just want to be flexible, 
strong, calm and pretty. 12 Composting. Even hip NYC urbanites are composting in their teeny kitchens these days. And the mayor of 
San Francisco made it a rule. If you don’t compost your food scraps, they smack your legs. Of course, San Francisco officials are now coming under attack for supplying residents with toxic composting material, so I guess they’re the ones getting their legs smacked. Lesson learned: It pays to research your compost. 13 Fair trade. It’s only fair. 14 Collecting rainwater. While this is outlawed in some western states, this makes common sense here. Protect that lake, people! 15 Growing our own food. There’s an amazing amount of satisfaction to be gained from eating food you grew out of your own spot of earth. 16 Meditation. This is going to keep on growing in popularity. We are information-saturated; imagine being able to empty your mind! 17 Earth Day. Someone has to take care of this planet — it may as well be us. 18 The art of the home brew. Mmmm, beer. We’d even argue that the rise of home brewing helped birth the microbrewery movement, too. 19 Outdoor concerts. It’s summertime and the cicadas are chirping, the band walks on stage and … yeah, that’s just great. 20 Jeans. Imagine life without jeans. 21 Joplin, the Stones and the Beatles. Love them or not, there’s no denying the influence. 22 Tofu. Oh, come on – it takes on the taste of whatever you cook it with – it’s the perfect protein! 23 Doc Bronner’s for everything! All-one. Magical. Organic & fair trade.Peppermint. We’re tingling just writing this. 24 Ponchos. My six-year-old daughter’s vote. She loves ponchos. 25 Acoustic guitars. Ever hear anyone say they don’t like the sound of a guitar? 26 Flowers. Well, of course. We like to think Flower Power today is best expressed by natural landscaping. 27 Free press. Well, of course. 28 Religious, sexual and gender acceptance. Well, of course. 29 Humane treatment of animals. How many times can I write ‘well, of course’? 30 Saving the whales. Apply this to dolphins too, please. “The Cove” didn’t win the Oscar for naught. 31 Peace. Well, of course. In the world at large; in our personal lives. Peace be with you. 32 Organic cotton. Ask Kate Agarwal, founder of Milwaukee’s Bella & Boo – the organic baby e-boutique. She founded the company because of her daughter’s skin reactions to the chemicals in regular baby clothes. 33 Reclaimed wood. For floors of character and beauty. 34 Group transportation. Maybe not a VW bus, but light rail would be great.

35 Small is beautiful. McMansions, Hummers, big box stores be gone! Our planet doesn’t need them, and neither do we. 36 Local is good. For every dollar spent in a local store, 68 cents stays in the community, versus 43 cents or less from a dollar spent in a national chain store. 37 Community works. Our Milwaukee is a working example of this. Small, Milwaukee-based businesses coming together as a community have pooled their talents and resources to promote themselves, each other, the city and the shop local ethos. 38 Outpost will be a pioneer in bringing natural foods to Milwaukee. The management told me to write that. But the hippies back in 1970 were right; we were – and still are! 39 Surfing. If only the lake were warmer… 40 Whole grains. All those pesky high-sugared cereal makers are clamoring over this one --------------------By Liz Setterfield

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[-] 3 points by Middleaged (5140) 5 years ago

I think most of the produce in all Central America and South America is Organic. The prices of Produce are dirt cheap. The farmers can't afford pesticides and chemicals in the first place.

South America is a kind of Cornicopia. If you go to Ecuador or Brazil you will see many kinds of new produce, new fish, new food. In fact, I think I heard the potato is from Ecuador. Anyway, they have 300 different kinds of potatos in Ecuador.

Seems to me we have ruined the USA with huge systems that are very risky due to their complexity. I mean everything form Banking, our currency, subsidies ... to food, tax system, the need for cars, insurance of all kinds, condo fees, property taxes, colleges, univesities, and expensive health care that puts most people into bancrupcy if they have a major medical event.

So, yes, organic food is better, self sustainment is better, simplifying contracts is better, ...avoiding financial schemes and contracts is more like organic sourcing.

What about Enclaves. Communities of people with like minded ideas of getting away from materialism.

[-] 1 points by quantumystic (1710) from Memphis, TN 5 years ago

there are some intentional communities out there and co-ops.

[-] 1 points by Middleaged (5140) 5 years ago

Well I'm familiar with living Intensionally, but not communities. Co-ops I sort of take to be business ventures, community people joining their produce or products. I guess I don't see my place yet. It would be helpful if I had a passion or said I'm going to farm fish, or build boats, or be a tinsmith, or blow glass,...

Maybe on the far end we have Amish, Menonites, Quakers, Shakers, ethnic communities, communes, ...

[-] 1 points by quantumystic (1710) from Memphis, TN 5 years ago

we can have the ideal new urban community with autonomously designed buildings and a permaculture designed landscape and a localized co-op based economy(i am not against international trade if someone wants an italian suit or swiss watch or kobe steak or other high quality items of international or renown they should be able to purchase it but i think the emphasis should be on localized high quality and specialty goods and not the current economic model). it's a matter of demanding it.

[-] 1 points by Middleaged (5140) 5 years ago

Don't know much about Permaculture or community. I looked up Permaculture yesterday in Wikipedia. Sounds good. I guess I am an outsider. I feel like a fringe Dweller. I've been a bit of a Rebel and never like authority very well. There were some nice teachers in K-12, but they were never close to me.

I am open to a degree to joining a community, open in principal. But you have to understand that it will take a lot for me to feel safe, feel trust, feel there isn't a big contract debt some where, a big investment, a financial scheme like $100 a month for 24 months... contracts add up. I've been driving an old car anticipating that maybe I would not have to pay car expenses some day.

Which is why I have been looking to other countries....

[-] 1 points by quantumystic (1710) from Memphis, TN 5 years ago

cuba is organic the rest are using pesticides and herbicides on their large scale monoculture.

[-] 1 points by Middleaged (5140) 5 years ago

The Rest who? The natives in Ecuador. The farmers in Uruguay.

[-] 1 points by quantumystic (1710) from Memphis, TN 5 years ago

well brazil and argentina for one. you think monsanto takes no for an answer? uruguay is next.

[-] 1 points by Middleaged (5140) 5 years ago

Corruption never sleeps... immanent, persistant, expansive, inexerable....Not like a virus... more like a fungus.

[-] 1 points by Nevada1 (5843) 5 years ago

Another good post Middleaged,

Am glad to be vegan and organic.

Just say no to unhealthy food, and financial products.

[-] 2 points by Middleaged (5140) 5 years ago

Wow, thank you. I need to take care of myself better. Maybe I'll get cleaned up and look for some quality food at the mart.

[-] 2 points by Gillian (1842) 5 years ago

I must be a hippie! Yipeeeee!

[-] 1 points by Nevada1 (5843) 5 years ago

Good post quantumystic,

Just wishing parents would not let their kids run their dirty little hands through the bulk food containers.

[-] 1 points by quantumystic (1710) from Memphis, TN 5 years ago

lmfao, yeah i know what you mean.