In his dissent on the Supreme Court’s historic decision on gay marriage Justice Antonin Scalia offered this:
“Who ever thought that intimacy and spirituality (whatever that means) were freedoms? And if intimacy is, one would think that Freedom of Intimacy is abridged rather than expanded by marriage. Ask the nearest hippie.”
Regardless of where one stands on the question–and I stand firmly on the side of love–we should be impressed by Scalia’s ability to reach back some 50 years for a cultural reference, all the while doing virtuosic leaps of logic. Then again, perhaps he meant “hipster.” Also perhaps his marriage of 48 years ain’t going all that well. Maureen, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
But whether he meant hippie or hipster, he may be on to something.
Hippies defied convention.
Hippies valued love over war.
Hippies created lots of music and art that has stood the test of time.
Hippies were inclusive.
Hippies challenged the status quo, often pushing society to embrace new norms.
Many hippies were far more remarkable than those who shunned them.
Maybe we could use a few more hippies?
Ask the nearest hippie indeed.
And we just might want to heed their advice.