Friday, May 25, 2007

From far-out to far-reaching



The hippie generation's influence on mainstream culture runs deeper than the lyrics of a Grateful Dead song.


A new poll reveals that hippies have had a profound effect on the British way of life. Today the movement has moulded mainstream society's views on everything from war, government, sex, fashion, food and alternative therapy to the environment .


46%, agree with the hippie rallying cry "Make Love Not War''


49% are opposed to nuclear weapons


35%, think there is never any excuse for war


48% of British people also now believe in questioning authority


47% think there are too many rules


30%, disagree with party politics


82% of Britons saying they believe in Environmentalism and the need to save the planet


47%, said they would consider trying to produce all their own food


26% said they would build their home from recycled materials


43% would live solely with alternative energy sources


75% now hold no objections to sex before marriage


35%, said they had smoked marijuana


8% said they had taken LSD


43% said they were open-minded about meditation


25% believe in astrology


In the words of the The Dead - " What a long strange trip it has been "

1 comment:

Duncan Money said...

A nice set of statistics there, apart from the depressing one about astrology.

Now let's take a look at the government's legislative agenda to see how well our political system, democracy apparently, reflects the opinion of people in this country. Or not.