Anthroposophy, Beatniks, Hippies and Wars...

From: Tarjei Straume
Date: Sun Dec 7, 2003 12:12 pm
Subject: Anthroposophy, beatniks, hippies and wars...

Walt Whitman, who was head-hunted by Ralph Waldo Emerson, is considered to be "the original beatnik." His "Leaves of Grass" reflects a national-romantic sentiment rather than an anti-chauvinistic one like the beatniks after WW II, but the latter were under the influence of a new Archai (Michael) while Whitman shows the footprints of Gabriel.

Anyway, let's move on to Greenwich Village, New York, the very cradle of American postwar counter-culture - the heart and soul of the hippie movement that emerged on the West Coast a few years later. Jack Kerouac and the rest of the Beat generation. Allan Ginsburg and Bob Dylan. (I had the great pleasure of exchanging a few words with Ginsburg in Oslo the last year of his life, about six or seven years ago.)

Oh yes, the beat poets in greenwich Village, Lawrence Ferlinghetti reading his "Tentative Description of a Dinner Given to Promote The Impeachment of President Eisenhower" - making the world safe for nationalism and all that. Even Cassius Clay (later Muhammed Ali) participated in Poetry Reading there. Wow, this is big stuff.

I'm not saying this is Anthroposophy, but these changes of consciousness among young people who born in the 1930's and 1940's certainly signify changes under the influence of Michael, whose regency as Time Spirit has come into full bloom.

Of course there were other influences. Lucifer and Ahriman had to find new angles to neutralize the "Age of Aquarius," culminating in the infamous Manson massacres in 1969, proving that hippies were criminal monsters, drugs were the scourge of society to be fought tooth and nail, and nobody was safe from the long-haired, dope-smoking, transient outlaw. Nobody. Hollywood panicked, because Manson had struck a blow at its very heart, and the trail was picked up from J. Edgar Hoover's propaganda film "Reefer Madness." They couldn't stop white teenagers from being influenced by the likes of Little Richard, the black madman in drag, so they had to do everything to prevent the same white kids from adopting smoking habits from Afro-American jazz quarters. So ever since that time, the heart and soul of the horror propaganda flick "Reefer Madness" (where a joint makes you a homicidal maniac) evolved through the War on Drugs with throat-slashing, long-haired pot smokers who are serial killers or terrorists, all the way down to the latest episode I saw of "CSI". A bus driver had lost his job for smoking a joint, and he took revenge by sabotaging a tire on a bus, killing a lot of passengers.

Why this concerted, organized effort to demonize pot smoking hippie teenagers through entertainmant-propaganda? Fear of Charles Manson after all these years? I think it goes a lot deeper than that. The typical pot smoker is not a ravenous murderer on the loose, but an antiwar activist who sits at home listening to counter-culture music and meditating while staring at a candle light. He is a threat to the Pentagon, to future wars, to a possible reintroduction of the draft. He is a threat to the police because he offers them flowers instead of bullets.

San Fransisco, 1967, "Summer of Love." The hippies came in crowds to the police station with flowers in their hands and in their hair, showering the officers with flowers, saying that they loved them, and that they understood they were only doing their jobs. The cops were flabbergasted, some in tears. The same kids who had been attacking them with bricks and sticks only days ago, were coming with flowers and love - putting the slogan "make love not war" into actual practice.

I'm not saying that this is what pot smoking does to everybody, but it's what it did to some kids in the 1960's, before the 1970's set in with hard drugs, increased criminality and unsafe streets - and more police brutality. And this is why pot smoking is such a threat to the Establishement, from Tricky Dick to John Ashcroft, to the Pentagon and the Armed Forces and the New World Order.

There was a time, Rudolf Steiner tells us, when the consumption of alcohol was expedient for human evolution, in order for man to forget his previous incarnations and atavistic clairvoyant wisdom. By the same token, on a much, much shorter time-scale, the post-war years between 1950 and 1970 we right for psychedelic drug experimentation. Steiner said that the last vestiges of atavistic wisdom would disappear by the middle of the century, i.e. around 1950. That's why we see the remnants of the socio-political power of the church being eroded precisely after this time. After WW II, the time had arrived for humanity to stand on its own and seek out a new vision of spiritual truth, and to re-think the codes of ethics that dominated the status quo, such as serving God and country by going to war even when it made no sense to do so. The demand for blind obedience fuelled by fear - the fear of being an outcast, a non-conformist etc. - this was the tool of the Opposing Powers. But history has proven the draft dodgers right.

Bob Dylan sang in "Tombstone Blues":

Well, John the Baptist after torturing a thief
Looks up at his hero the Commander-in-Chief
Saying, "Tell me great hero, but please make it brief
Is there a hole for me to get sick in?"

The Commander-in-Chief answers him while chasing a fly
Saying, "Death to all those who would whimper and cry"
And dropping a bar bell he points to the sky
Saving, "The sun's not yellow it's chicken"

Mama's in the fact'ry
She ain't got no shoes
Daddy's in the alley
He's lookin' for the fuse
I'm in the streets
With the tombstone blues

The king of the Philistines his soldiers to save
Puts jawbones on their tombstones and flatters their graves
Puts the pied pipers in prison and fattens the slaves
Then sends them out to the jungle

Gypsy Davey with a blowtorch he burns out their camps
With his faithful slave Pedro behind him he tramps
With a fantastic collection of stamps
To win friends and influence his uncle





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