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Who does the work in a hippie culture

Posted: October 24, 2009 4:00 p.m.
Updated: October 25, 2009 4:55 a.m.
In a letter by Lois Eisenberg ("Maybe we need a ‘Messiah,'" Oct. 19) she suggests "thinking outside the box" and extols the virtues of the "hippie/yippie culture," whatever that is. At the end she asks the question "what is so wrong with being taken care of for the rest of your life"?

We take care of things that can't take care of themselves like the garden, kids, the elderly and our pets. It works out pretty well most of the time because we "take care" of things we love.

Being taken care of means giving up your freedom, though.

The kids go to bed, do homework and chores when told. The dog gets the paper even if it's raining on command, comes when
called and eats when fed.

Maybe that seems like a reasonable business arrangement, but what happens when the caregiver decides to move on to other things? The garden dies, the kids go hungry, get neglected or worse.

The hippies/yippies had a great time till their parents finally got tired of supporting their lazy ways. If we all decide to be "taken care of" who does the work around here and why should they support you so you can sit around and be "taken care of?"

Most, given the choice, select freedom and the responsibility it carries so they can enjoy the limitless rewards that come with hard work and the freedom to live life on their own terms. They thrive on a sense of accomplishment. I think even the hippies figured this out eventually, which is why most of us are not living in communes today.


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