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  1. How can one explain the culture of 60s?
  2. Abbie's mind, what influenced him, what motivated him, what made him tick.
  3. Abbie didn't go to college to understand the laws of physics or business principles.
  4. One of the two key components to the cultural revolution.
  5. By creating an environment where people's basic needs could be satisfied.
  6. As it becomes ever more apparent that Vietnam is over Abbie slowly begins to fade into the shadows.

When the culture was based on rebelling against the very culture that we are seeking to explain. Attempting to understand the culture of the Vietnam era will only lead you in a circle of contradictions and ever changing ideals. In part, due to the fact that there was no dominate overlaying culture at that time, but rather fragments and social factions which often held ideals that challenged other groups. How can we describe a culture that contradicts itself? We must simplify it. The culture of the 1960's is too much of an endeavor to decipher by looking at it in entirety so we must break into down and then break it down again, until we are left with nothing but the elemental bases from which the culture was formed. But what are these cultural elementals? How will we know that we have found one, and not just another cultural compound that needs to be broken down once more? We will know we have reached the foundation, the basic building blocks of the 1960's culture, when we come to something that is no longer filled with riddled with internal conflict that is no longer plagued by illogical contradictions.

[...] Now we are left with one last question, which one man to represent the basic element which embodied the most culturally turbulent decade of our recent history. Our natural inclination is to choose someone who stands out in the history books. But for that very same reason we should not pick them. How a person is remembered is far from the control of that person. A traitor can be remembered as hero, a terrorist can be remembered as a patriot. [...]


[...] (See figure Abbie even describes his vision of revolution as one that satisfies people's needs, key to organizing an alternative society is to organize people around what they can do, and more importantly, what they want to What three things of do we think of when we hear the 60's? Sex, drugs, and rock & roll. Well, sex, drugs and rock & roll, I know it may seem funny, but they are all basic physiological needs. Well at least the first two are. [...]


[...] That at one time there was a counterculture. A whole culture created to counter another culture. A vast array of people form even larger variety of backgrounds brought together and unified under a single goal of ending Vietnam. The 1960's may be gone but they will forever stand as a testament to the human will. As Abbie put it, '60s are gone, dope will never be as cheap, sex never as free, and the rock and roll never as great?. [...]

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