Got Trees?The New American Youth Counterculture Essay

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Got Trees?The New American Youth Counterculture

Brad turns to his companion Les. He is wearing an oversized t-shirt sporting some trendy
pop-culture phrase that has long since lost any reference or significance. He sports jeans
that are neither loose nor tight, very functional. Brad is in essence, every man America.
Les is a skinny short boy, pale with frizzy blond hair. He too is dressed in a peculiar
sort of anti-fashion, a fashion so slyly plain and unrecognizable that it defies the very
nature of fashion itself. They are both seventeen. "Yo, when's Tim coming back with our
trees? I need to blaze before I go home." Engaged in the continuing struggle to find
marijuana, Brad is neither distressed nor overly excited, but displays a Taoist sort of
calm. Les responds with an ambivalent answer and a request - "What's the best kind of
music to listen to while you're high?" In this simple question, Les may anticipate the
next wave of marijuana culture. But to understand the cultural currents and nature of this
existential convergence, we must first dive deeper into what has become the most genuine
counterculture of modern times. Marijuana was originally viewed as merely another tool for
spiritual short cuts and mind expansion. At this point, it was confined to an elite group
of self-righteous hipsters who could find no better way to communicate the essence of the
drug that outdated modes of artistic expression. However, in post-psychedelic America,
marijuana soon took on a new, more democratically inspired significance.

Marijuana became a more recreational drug, soon finding its way into the melting pot for
subversive trend, teenage America. Marijuana is a mild hallucinogen, but really it's more
like a combination of speed and rat poison, only not bad for you. Marijuana makes each
moment significant. The now takes on supreme importance. The future and the past become no
longer points for idle speculations, but reductions of functionality constrained by the
now. It is this post-temporal affect that serves to liberate users from their previous
outdated modalities of experience-defined enjoyment. Experience is secondary to the
transcending reality of every moment. Cognizant of the fact that meaningful experience is
really quite unlikely, these post-hedonists embrace the continuation of their culture as a
surrogate for experience; when the now is the all, an experience is created. There is
little risk of long term consequence, as they recognize the danger in harder drugs like
ecstasy, which is a combination of coke and heroin, and LSD, which is essentially pure
speed. This helps to prevent a backlash as the divergent experimentation is kept to a
minimum, and confined to safe drugs like alcohol and whip-its. They reject the aspirations
of self-righteous drug enthusiasts like Aldous Huxley or Nicholas Saunders, who believed
that drugs were merely a door as opposed to a way of living. Indeed, in this
proto-transcendentalist state, a primal reversion takes place. This reversion is not
energetic in nature, but rather an infusion into the continuing now of the most basic
elements of what it means to be human. The culture is easily recognizable, and
communication mostly consists of bragging about pieces and plans for marijuana intake.
Indeed, the democratic flow is evident as "mad headz" are sought to make an experience
more fulfilling. There is little communication, as collective experience of the now
overpowers the need for pointless and empty chatter. Something much more profound and
functional is going on. In this simplistic, purified environment, the pretensions of
previous generations are cast aside like the shackles of post-experience. Indeed, in this
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