It is obvious to all we meet that we (the Sixties’ children) have long sense exited the teenage years. But, when it was our turn to navigate that time in our lives, our generation left a mark that has been indelible. The generation of the 60’s was reared with the expansion of everything. Homes were moving from framed houses to concrete and brick neighborhoods grouped on city blocks. Schools were overcrowded everywhere as baby boomers filled every classroom to maximum capacity. Businesses were booming, and the space race was “on”.
Following WWII, there was a time of getting far away from war. At least, that was the hope until men and women were drafted to fight again in Korea. Children were raised with the hope that they would see a new world that would be wonderful. Even the Mickey Mouse Club became a place for Walt Disney to give us a vision into futuristic cities far advanced from life’s routine as we knew it.
Teens changed the world in the Sixties and we have never been the same. The British invasion in music, Woodstock in establishing hippies/drugs/uninhibited sex/and lawlessness, Vietnam, racial strife, assassinations of a President and his brother as well as MLK were some of the factors that shook our generation.
Perhaps the greatest impact was the massive influx of drug use…from marijuana to LSD. It was a generation that celebrated being “high”. Drug experiences were in the lyrics of songs, on the campuses of major universities, and became more prevalent in the middle and upper class. Folks glamorized “tripping on a cloud and falling 8 miles high”. And, the visions and “trips” made them think they were seeing dimensions never explored before. Visions became nightmares in the flashbacks of LSD users and many died having sought to experience that journey of the mind to places only known to those who took the drug. In truth, their discoveries were only from the drug’s effects and not from a bold new venture of the mind. They were deceived as many that have come after them.
Bold new dimensions of mind and spirit have been readily available for centuries. Every person that chose to follow our LORD recognized that when He transforms a life, that convert is filled with the Holy Spirit of God and the power, peace, and promise gained begins a trip that will last forever! And the hope and freedom granted to a Believer is an “out of this world” experience!
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Senior, was a doctor. As such he was very interested in the use of ether. In order to know how his patients felt under its influence, he once had a dose administered to himself. As he was going under, in a dreamy state, a profound thought came to him. He believed that he had suddenly grasped the key to all the mysteries of the universe. When he regained consciousness, however, he was unable to remember what the insight was.
Because of the great importance this thought would be to mankind, Holmes arranged to have himself given either again. This time he had a stenographer present to take down the great thought. The either was administered, and sure enough, just before passing out the insight reappeared. He mumbled the words, the stenographer took them down, and he went to sleep confident in the knowledge that he had succeeded.
Upon awakening, he turned eagerly to the stenographer and asked her to read what he had uttered. This is what she read: “The entire universe is permeated with a strong odor of turpentine.” (Copied).