By Caroline Star Walrad, Ph.D.
When I lived in the 60’s, the world was different. The early sixties found me wearing skirts and nylons (with the great invention of Egg panty hose) and heels, walking to class in the 1-2 foot snow drifts, earlier moved aside by large machines waiting in the middle of the night, so we could walk on a path and not wear boots. In the 60’s we loved the new boxed foods and the convenience of fast foods developing fast hamburgers and shakes. We believed and saluted the flag every morning in High School. We wanted to achieve something in life. We believed we could if we followed the rules laid down before us.
Then, the Vietnam War arrived. The late sixties sent our male friends to war. Our mothers began to work and the second car was more standard. The supermarkets became chains. The clothing changed to jeans and pants for ladies. The men were no longer wearing hats with their suits. The skirts rose above the knee. The bands became loud. The war allowed us to verbalize all rebellion in our hearts. I was mortified at the burning of College buildings, the sit-ins. The amount of marijuana, cocaine and other items like LSD became normal at parties. To tell you the truth, I was in a bit of shock. The requirement to change from obedience to rebel was quite demanding.
The most shocking thing for me, though, was the change in the environment. DDT became the subject of concern because it was said that the animals’ eggs would crack too early because they became too thin. The birds were not reproducing.
The birds no longer were singing. That is when I took notice of the late 60’s. The morning walks were quiet. Too quiet. I then read Silent Spring by Rachel Carlson. I was no longer obedient.
Caroline S Walrad, PhD is not a medical doctor. Her PhD is in Homeopathic Philosophy. Caroline Walrad, PhD does not diagnose disease nor takes the place of your medical doctor. At no time does this web site suggest you remove yourself from your medical prescriptions. In case of an emergency, please call your emergency centers or AMA physician. Her only goal is for the individual to ask questions about health.