Summer of Love; An Introduction

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Summer of Love: Communal Living, Sharing, Creativity.

The year is 1967. The end of the year is just coming into sight over the horizon, Fela is in the process of birthing Afrobeat, whereas in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco, California, over 100,000 people are converged in what is to become one of the most celebrated cultural explosions.

The social phenomenon tagged the “Summer of Love” was instigated in the same way it can be said that humans fall asleep (or fall in love, to say the least): “slowly and then all at once”. The movement featured an incongruous array of people and practices - artists, musicians, and poets among other equally colorful groups, to form an eclectic collective united by one common goal - love.

The “Flower Children” as they were called, placed a strong emphasis on sharing and promoting the spirit of community. Theirs was an ideal which was centered around self-discovery, self-expression and rejecting the conformist and materialist values of modern life. The movement allowed creatives the rare and ultimately stimulating opportunity of sharing ideas with fellow contemporaries, thereby creating an atmosphere of limitless possibilities for the gifted.

 

The “Flower Children” as they were called, placed a strong emphasis on sharing and promoting the spirit of community. Theirs was an ideal which was centred around self-discovery, self-expression and rejecting the conformist and… Click To Tweet

However, it wasn’t all roses and honeysuckles. Put a diverse range of over 100,000 people of different ages from across the country together in the same space and you are bound to have your fair share of troubles. Yet, this writer believes the major take-away from this event was the promise of an alleged cultural utopia.

In modern times, it’s only too common for us to appreciate the materialistic aspects of life and even glorify them at the expense of what is more important; love. In a time where people place their main focus on the things they own, and how much “better-off” they are from the next guy, we could learn a thing or two from the Summer of Love. We can take this example to make sure we not only exploit our creative capabilities but also lend a helping hand wherever we can. (‘We’ is used in the preceding sentence because this writer holds himself accountable just as much as anyone else). It is necessary for us to create a safe space, not just for ourselves but, for those around us.

In modern times, it’s only too common for us to appreciate the materialistic aspects of life and even glorify them at the expense of what is more important; love. Click To Tweet

Who is that girl you know that can paint a dream? Who is that guy you know that can weave a lullaby from a string? Shout them out, spread the love around. Life always comes full-circle. That love will definitely come back around.

It is necessary for us to create a safe space, not just for ourselves but, for those around us. Click To Tweet

Let’s make this a summer for rekindling lost relationships, finding new, and exciting hobbies, and reaching out to those people around us who need our help. Let’s give so much love that the world around us has to take notice. The flower children created a cultural explosion not just through talent or mere focus, but by liberating themselves from the holds of the banal and creating an atmosphere where ideas can thrive; men live and die, but ideas are bulletproof.

Let’s make this a summer for rekindling lost relationships, finding new, and exciting hobbies, and reaching out to those people around us who need our help. Click To Tweet

They were able to make history by doing something as basic as sharing; why can’t you and I do the same? Let’s write our own piece of history. We might not make it to the Wikipedia pages, but the impact we leave on each other is far more vital than any recognition could ever be.

Take time this month to affect the world around you. In the words of The Kings of Leon; “you gotta take the time to waste a moment”. Take a long walk for no reason, try something new, take time from the hustle and grind to see the wonderful world around you; “wake up and smell the coffee”.

What is that talent you have, but keep hidden? Are you a closet writer? A closet rapper? A closet artist? I’ll tell you what, we might not be up to a 100,000 but we can still create a mini-revolution. Grab your pen, grab your mic, grab your paintbrush; dip it in the ink-well of love, block out the negativity and let in the creativity. But most importantly, be sure to wear flowers in your hair.

Grab your pen, grab your mic, grab your paintbrush; dip it in the ink-well of love, block out the negativity and let in the creativity. But most importantly, be sure to wear flowers in your hair. Click To Tweet

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