The Italians have a slogan for the improvement of the country that serves me as a reminder of the old aphorism, ‘You never step in the same river twice,’—Avanti popolo—forward people. The Boomer generation fervently believed we could go forward fifty years ago and with the hubris of youth and a few intrepid older guides planted seeds. Some have blossomed into mainstream culture such as yoga, meditation, and cannabis, while others—environmental protection, civil rights, and war—have persisted and worsened over that time.
Current political and social conditions may evoke memories comparison to that era. Arguably we’re in a similar time now with never-ending preemptive wars against an indigenous nationalist movements in the Mid-East, reminding one of the Southeast Asia quagmire of the Sixties and Seventies. Or the impeachment threat of the president for corruption which many have compared to the Watergate scandal. Or consider demands for systemic change from the young people, who are inspired by Bernie Sanders classic Sixties pitch could almost be word for word the languaging of the New Left of that Sixties.
Yes, the more things change the more they stay the same. This writer has been on an extended sabbatical contemplating how best serve the new generations. Much of the millennials’ musical preferences come from the Sixties; Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Marvin Gaye, etc. But they also have new media such as Spotify and music styles such as hip-hop.
Starting on Monday, July 1, 2019 a new series debuts on this website; We’ll be looking at ten main elements of the Sixties era and what happened then, and how can we apply lessons from the successes and mistakes. Each week a new topic will be introduced which it is hoped will provoke comments and discussion. I invite you to join me on a magical mystery tour of events, people, and places of that time fifty years ago when anything seemed possible. But not just an oldies trip, this investigation will be a deep mining of what can and might be done for true progress of we the people. We Boomers aren’t done yet.
The ten topics for Avanti Popolo: Looking back to move forward;
- Come Together: Celebrate the individual in community
- Natural Living: Country music, fringe jackets, & communes
- Politics: Anti-Establishment and Pro-freedom, justice, and expression
- Travel: All those who wander are not lost
- Media: I heard the news today
- Counter-Culture Outposts: Here, There, & Everywhere
- Psychotropic Drugs: Relax your mind and float downstream
- Spiritual, not Religious: I don’t believe in ….
- Soundtrack: Music changed the world (for awhile)
- Creativity: Expression is Liberation
See you on Monday, July 1, 2019!