“There’s something happening here
What it is ain’t exactly clear
There’s a man with a gun over there
Telling me I got to beware
I think it’s time we stop, children, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down”
Buffalo Springfield, Atco Records, December 23, 1966
The 1960s were a time of great happenings and much turbulence. Not much different than what we are experiencing in today’s times. During the 60s, we witnessed these events:
The Vietnam War
John F. Kennedy elected president and assassinated
The Cold War
Bay of Pigs
Cuban Missile Crisis
Senator Robert Kennedy assassinated
Richard Nixon elected president and later impeached
The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr
The Charles Manson cult murders
The violence at the Altamont Free Concert
Protests, protests and more protests
We put a man on the Moon
Johnson establishes Medicare
The Beatles invade American music
The rise of the Hippie culture
The Summer of Love
The Woodstock Festival
Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have A Dream” speech; wins Nobel Prize
Civil Rights Act
Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman elected to Congress
The birth of the birth control pill
The first airing of “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”
Daylight Savings Time enacted
So much crazy and so much good. Think of the fabulous music that came out of this turbulence and the impact it still has on us today. No to mention all the other major events.
It is difficult not to freak out when life is just downright nuts. We fear for our safety and survival. We fear for our children. We fear for our health. We fear for our money and our property.
We fear for our very lives.
But when we fear, we let the Dark take over and bring even more things to fear. During these times, we must go deep within our soul and promise to care for our self. We must draw upon our inner well of courage and determination. We must look to Spirit and ask that the Universe bring about peace. We must continually give gratitude for all the good we have, because it is only when we are grateful do we bring more into our lives to be grateful for.
“There’s something happening here”, and it’s drawing everyone together, making the commitment to build a better, more peaceful life for all. For those of us who have lived through the 60s, we know things get better.
And for all those on Veterans Day, thank you for your service.