Are you a Hippy?

According to the Oxford Dictionary a hippy is “a person of unconventional appearance, typically having long hair and wearing beads, associated with a subculture involving a rejection of conventional values.” So by this definition, the opposite of a hippy, a “non-hippy” would be a person of conventional appearance, typically having short hair and not wearing beads, associated with a mainstream culture involving an acceptance of conventional values. Ok, so I’m down with being a hippy now, if it means that I can question conventions and stand up for what I believe in, regardless of cultural traditions, sign me up (also sounds like I don’t have to cut my hair too, awesome!) I think most people on some level question conventional values and are involved in some alternative culture. Are we all Hippies then?

My instagram account got trolled by someone going by the name of lovers_of_speed_and_performac. Their account consisting entirely of images of cars and memes that humiliate people who buy environmentally conscious cars. I’m not sure how this person came across my account, it appears as if they were looking to provoke someone who has a different view to theirs. The comments left were harmless, “hippie”, “needs some beef”, “bull”. But it did provoke me into thinking about why people deny the science behind climate change and feel so threatened by a vegan lifestyle that they feel the need to add “some beef” to the conversation. So far I’ve come up empty.

Have you ever been called a hippy because of your beliefs and actions?

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