Fall 2012 fashion is having a Hippie Luxe moment. 70’s references abound and we fully expect to see Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix appear any moment.
Cultural Creatives Movement
Cultural Creatives often describe themselves as ‘bridge people’ between the Traditionals and Moderns, ‘trying to make a ‘cultural synthesis’ that moves the world beyond its polarized opposites. This subset of global-thinking people first emerged in the sixties and is 65% women.
The core values of Cultural Creatives remain:
- Ecological sustainability
- Enjoying exposure to foreign ideas and culture
- Concern about women and children worldwide
- Priority of health care and education
- Desire to rebuild neighborhoods and community
- Improving neighborhoods and community
- Emphasis on creating caring relationships and family life
- Social conscience and demand for authenticity
- Guarded social optimism
- Emphasis on altruism, self-actualization and spirituality as a single complex of values.
In the 1995 study, Cultural Creatives were 23.6% of US adults. By 1999 they had increased to 26%.
An addition to the new 2008 research is a new group called the Transitionals, representing 10% of Americans.
The current US breakdown in Dr. Ray’s research is:
Cultural Creatives 34.9%
Hope Springs Eternal
I attach transcendental meaning to every form of light show: white lights on bridges, lit windows in skyscrapers, fireflies in my garden.
In my twenties, my husband’s brother produced a marvelous breast sculpture a pulsating piece of female anatomy, featured in a Lincoln Center Salvador Dali moment. It offered endless hours of kaleidoscopic, lightshow effects, and transformed our ordinary Brooklyn apartment into a posh night club …
Much of the Whitney (Summer of Love) art was created under hallucinogenic influence of LSD, a fantasy-inducing drug that challenges our perception of reality with merging shapes, forms and colors that aren’t “real”.
Vivid, red geraniums aren’t actually visible on a dark, cloud-covered summer night, but one could probably pass a lie-detector test insisting that they were visible at 3am in full-crimson splendor, defying science in all their glory.
My Carversville flowers didn’t glow in the dark last night, and for one brief moment, I realized that forward-looking me wanted a supernatural, spiritual, acid-like experience with this heavily-promoted, healthy, heavenly light show. Read on