Seems to me that the 'hippie' culture has sort of devolved to be based almost solely around the use and development of cannibis. People have all started working on the legalization and recreational use of cannibis as a means to get together, or even more toxic, a means of tying friendship bonds. A lot of people imo seem to fail to realize that being a 'hippie' is a lifestyle. Just because you do drugs and wear tiedyes and tote a scruffy beard doesn't make you a hippie. It's about your frame of mind.
I'm sort of having a cultural identity crisis right now trying to figure out whether I'm a hippie, a hip-ster, or a counter-culturist. Perhaps, in a way, I'm all of the above? But when it really comes down to it, I don't care. Whatever I am I is. No one can change that or take that from me. And if people don't like it, please... allow me to show you the door and point you towards the road.
As for the future of hippie culture... who knows. The Grateful Dead are stopping touring this year, but there are plenty of tribute bands and side projects they're doing. The band and like music seems to be quite a staple in opening people's minds into self-realization and a more relaxed attitude towards the going ons in life, greeting your fellow man with a smile and a handshake, etc etc. The world, to me, seems bogged down with violence and it's difficult to have a peaceful movement with everything going the way it is, but who knows. Maybe things will turn around? Maybe society will take a much needed turn of regression and cancel out some of the noise it's been producing and we can all live a little more peacefully and worry-free. One can hope.
Faith in the future.
Without hope, what have we?