5. Sympathy

In the late sixties and early seventies Peachtree Road in Atlanta, Georgia was a favorite meeting place for hippies. I remember as a young boy being amazed at the sight of all these people with their long hair, dressed in wild looking tie-dyed clothes. I remember the music and the smell of incense that filled the air, and I remember the symbols of peace and love that were plastered everywhere. Listen to one of the songs from that era made popular by the group “The Fifth Dimension:”


“Age of Aquarius”


When the Moon is in the Seventh House, and Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace shall guide the planets, and love will steer the stars
This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius ….


Harmony and understanding
Sympathy and trust abounding
No more forces of derision
Golden living dreams of visions
Mystic crystal revelations
And the mind’s true liberation

For the younger generation this was the time of acceptance and sympathy and freedom. But it was also a time of rebellion and war. To say the least, it was a strange time in this country’s history when the very ideas of life and conduct were in upheaval. It was the Age of Aquarius.


Day 5 Guide


It’s hard to enjoy some of today’s popular music. And if you’re like me, you probably feel that the tastes and general ideas of young people are out of sync with your own.


Today, turn on the radio and listen to “their” music – even the “rap” if you can stand it. Listen to the lyrics and try to understand what this generation considers important. In every era there’s a generation gap. Try to identify that nature of today’s gap and remember that the youth are the future leaders of this country.


© 2005, Levi Hill

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