During the July 4th I watched “Woodstock, 3 Days of Peace and Music” documentary, for about the 100th time, and it hit me.. the hippies had it figured out 🙂
I’m not going to dig through the FBI’s violent crimes database for statistics, but unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last several decades, you know murder, rape, robbery, terrorists attacks, etc have become normal, daily occurrences in the world we live in now. It seems every race and religion is offended by other’s race or religion, the U.S. government is completely broken, heck, the entire world is broken. Think of a string on a shirt and the more you pull it, the more it unravels. The world has a broken stitch and is unraveling.
Let’s go back to 1969, specifically mid August, when something magically occurred on a 600 acre dairy farm in Bethel, NY. Four guys got together and came up with a plan to host a “musical festival” over a 3 day period. Their goal was to build a small recording studio with the proceeds. Estimates for expected attendance vary from 50,000 to 200,000. Most estimates put actually attendance at over 500,000.
That’s over a half a million hippies in one place for 3 days, many running out of food, water, shelter, and a change of clothes. Sanitation was a disaster. It rained, no, it poured. The once green, grassy alfalfa field became a huge mud bowl. Everything that could possibly go wrong did from a logistics point of view.
And what happened crime wise ? Pretty much nothing ! There were a handful of arrests for drug possession. Some reports put the number of deaths at 2 and some at 3. Either way, 1 death was from a person being run over by a farm tractor, 1 from a heroin overdose and a 3rd from a ruptured appendix.
Number of murders = 0
Number of robberies = 0
Numbers of assaults = 0
Numbers of joints smoked = LOL
Woodstock turned out to be around 1/2 million teenagers, clad in tie-dyed shirts, flowers in their hair and peace in their hearts who lived peacefully together in less than desirable conditions with basically no problems.
We could learn a lot from the hippies of the 60’s & 70’s.