1960's Flower Child

The “Flower Child” of the 1960’s can be described as a person who respects nature, life of all kinds, believes that violence is never the answer, and portrays a mellow demeanor.  A Flower Child would always advocate love, peace and simplistic values while rejecting conventional society and the confines of “normal” behavior. 

Similar to today’s “health movement”, the Flower Child was a consummate environmentalist, favored eating foods directly from the earth, and chose a Holistic approach to wellness.  A wide range of personal appearance and clothing styles were also introduced along with varying levels of grooming.  Communal living was considered natural and a blatant way of rejecting the establishment.  This blaring independence from Societal norms was uncommon before the 1960’s. 

The political stance of the Flower Child was 100% anti-war.  It was the custom of the flower children to wear and distribute flowers or floral-themed decorations as a means of peaceful protest and to symbolize their ideals of universal belonging, peace and love.  Their mantra was “make love, not war”. 

The lyrics of The Mamas & the Papas song “San Francisco” urged visitors to “wear some flowers in your hair”, in keeping with the Monterey Pop Festivals billing as “three days of music, love and flowers” that took place in San Francisco in 1967. 

             If you’re going to San Francisco

            Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair

            If you’re going to San Francisco

            You’re gonna meet some gentle people there

The song was a hit in the United States, reaching number 4 on the music charts and went on to hit number 1 in the United Kingdom and most of Europe.  It became the unofficial anthem for hippies, flower power and the flower child.  

Since the 60’s, many aspects of the Flower Child counterculture have been assimilated by the mainstream.  Society is much more accepting of change than it was in and before the 60’s.  The desire to save the earth, preserve our environment, respect all life, and spread peace throughout the world, is as strong today as it was then.  With that in mind – I think it would be safe to say that most of us have a bit of the Flower Child within us!

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