Why I Love The 60’s (repost)

Artistic revolution. A voice. An explosion of creativity at its finest. That was the 60’s. In a universal sense, the 60’s was the time when the world broke free from the conformist age of the 30’s and 40’s. It was the time when the youth had finally broke free from their butt-spanking parents and sought to express the best of their creativity in several aspects of artistic skill. The 60’s was also the Golden Age of Music (at least, in my personal opinion) with the emergence of such acts as The Doors, The Rolling Stones, The Who and The Beatles (‘British Invasion’), whose musical influence lives on today. Yet despite the several liberties that the 60’s brought, it was also the time when the current generation disinherited most of the moral values that had been left over by the previous generations. The youth did drugs, had sex… it was like hell had broken lose on Earth itself, and it was not the youth that the older generations had to blame for this sudden loss of morality. Unfortunately for any reader over the age of twenty, I happen to be part of the youth, thus my personal preference for this particular decade in history. Ever since acquiring a personal preference for the music of the 60’s, I found myself further interested to know the ins and outs of such a colorful decade. I intended to further explore the historical significance of such a decade, but found myself stuck in researching the more artistic aspects of this age: the flower children, the hippies, LSD, Woodstock and Aldous Huxley’s The Doors of Perception, a book which I have read and thoroughly enjoy. But if there’s one thing one must not forget about the sixties is the fact that it wasn’t a perfect decade, but one way or another we have the sixties to thank for how we are today. The 1960s served as the leway to relative ‘freedom of speech’. It was the time that gave the youth freedom to express themselves both verbally and artistically. It also served as a time for imprisoned races to fight for their freedom, and for the emergence of the power of the spoken word, something we still utilize today. There is a part of me that even believes that had our world not gone through the 60s we would not have so much technical innovations today: innovations like the internet that would eventually give us the freedom of speech we have and take for granted today. That, ladies and gentlemen, is why I love the 60’s. I love the 60’s for it was the decade that gave the youth the freedom that they have today to speak the way they want to, to dress the way they want to, and to act the way they want to. Had it not been for a time of infinite artistic freedom, this world would definitely not be the same. That is why the sixties was indeed an essential part of our world history.


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