Essay on Summer of Love

3048 Words Mar 16th, 2013 13 Pages
The Summer of Love The 1960s was a decade of political and social upheaval. The counterculture, which was what the decade was called, became disappointed with all the restrictions and conventions of the straight society. The Summer of Love did not occur until 1967, but the decade was inspired by the Bohemian spirit which was already present in the 1950s; known as the Beat generation. The counterculture gained significant influence in liberal cities such as Berkley and San Francisco. In 1967, Scott McKenzie released his song San Francisco and with this song came rumors of a huge love-in in the summer. This is what fueled the Summer of Love. Leaders of the counterculture in the Haight-Ashbury district were anxious to start planning an …show more content…
The hippies had to learn to tolerate their deviant behaviors. As a West Coast hip author concluded in 1969, “The government is right in its stand on drugs. They are a definite threat to society…Drugs…must be ruthlessly suppressed lest the people feel too good” (Miller 5). With all this being said LSD was also a tool that was good for the body and soul which would provide healing and insight. In 1960, Timothy Leary, a Harvard psychology professor, tried LSD and soon would become so enthused by its potential that he lost his job. Timothy Leary described his first trip as the “most shattering experience of my life,” for it “flipped my consciousness into a dance of energy, where nothing existed except the whirring vibrations and each illusory form was simply a different frequency” (Anderson 259). By 1966, he became a huge star who would advise young adults to take LSD to expand their minds. They accepted his advice and the hippies clung into Leary’s phrase, “turn on, tune in, and drop out.” The phrase is broken down into three simple segments; “Turn on” meant to go within yourself. “Tune in” meant to interact accordingly with the world around you. “Drop out” meant self-determination and a discovery of one's abnormality.
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