TO THE SIXTIES:
doubt about it. Big changes were now occurring in America. A
new group of Americans was emerging. One with different values
than other groups in America. The Ritchie family was being split
into two pieces.
"All these hippies are making me sick. They dress in such
a weird way. Also all this talk of free love. They don't seem
to have any real values.
Well, now Chad. We need to see what it is these young people
are trying to tell us. They say they simply reject our shallow
materialism. But I think nobody really understands what's going
on anymore. "
Chad: " I know what's going on. They're just lazy and they
don't appreciate anything we give them. "
Deborah: " But look at all the things they're exploring.
New kinds of music. New kinds of clothing. Some even want to
live out in nature. They want to grow their own food and just
live in harmony with others. "
Chad: " Yes, they also want to ' turn on, tune in and drop
out. ' All this drug use and meditation nonsense. How is the
next generation going to run the country? Our education system
is being destroyed. "
Deborah: " But our culture maybe growing richer. I think
Mara is right. Things are becoming too complex and we may need
new ways of thinking. "
Chad: " Yes, but how are we going to get anywhere if everyone
is getting stoned and not doing any responsible work? All this
loud music and lack of respect for anything. "
Deborah: " But what kind of a world is it when we could
all have everything ended by nuclear war or perhaps some great
ecological disaster? "
Chad: " We have science to give us all the answers we need.
Deborah: " But can science teach us wisdom? "
Chad: " Maybe that's for religion to tell us. "
Deborah: " But no one goes to church nowadays. People are
too busy making money or having fun."
Chad: " I'm not having any fun. I'm working far too much.
Deborah: " Well, I got a job at the retail store. I didn't
have to take it, but I wanted to. "
Chad " Where is Mara anyway? "
Deborah: " She went to the rock concert with her friends.
Chad: " Did she finish her homework? "
Deborah: " Yes, I think so. "
Chad: " I hope she's not staying at a crash-pad "
Deborah: " I told her to be back by midnight."
Chad; " How is your mother and father doing? "
Deborah: " They just moved to a retirement community in
Arizona. They say they're too old to work now, but also too
young to die. "
Indeed, many Americans were now living longer. It was not only
the young who went through changes in the 1960's. Older people
too were creating new lifestyles. Retirement towns sprang up
in places with a warm, sunny climate-such as Florida, Southern
California, and Arizona. Older people retired to these places
and golfed, bowled, danced and did gardening. Retirement towns
even had their own medical centers, but nobody under the age
of fifty could live in them. Also many seniors would benefit
from new medical assistance given recently by the government.