It's been brought to my attention, in college of all places, of the 60's. Not that I wasn't aware that they existed as a decade (it's slightly ridiculous to think that those in charge of temporal management would decide to skip straight from the 50's to the 70's). I, however, was never fully aware of the mass youth involvement in the 60's. In this class I'm taking (it's called "The Politics of Rock and Roll", yeah, how rad is that?), we are learning about everything in the 60's. The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Beatles, JFK's assassination, The Vietnam War. We watch movies like Saving Private Ryan, We Were Soldiers, The Deer Hunter. And I must say, I'm left jealous of what the 60's had. Not the war where 58,000 Americans died. I'm jealous of a generation that stood for something. I've seen these images and video of hundreds and thousands of teenagers and college age students singing together at Bob Dylan and Beatle shows, sitting in diners getting ketchup poured on their faces because blacks aren't allowed to eat there, dancing at shows because they just love The Beatles that much.
What do we have?
We've got our cell phones. Our iPods. Our iPhones. Our tv. We've got enough gumption to sit on our couches and complain about those in charge of the country or those in charge of our colleges but not enough gall to go out and do something about it. It was the spirit of the 60's. John Lennon once held a bed-in for peace in protest of the Vietnam War. When was the last time we did anything?