Sample: "What joy is there in life? Life should be - life is...should...is and should be ecstasy. Being alive should be a joy. And it's a drag."
Full transcription: These people are hippies. They are occupying a piece of ground in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, which has come to be called Hippy Hill. They represent a new form of social rebellion. Hippies are very interesting and tempting to the young, they dress in bazaar and colorful ways. They wear their hair long most of them are young, although some are old enough to have children of their own. There are colonies of hippies’ springing up in most American cities. They all declare themselves rebels against our society, but they want to withdraw from it, instead of trying to change it. It is hard to figure out what positive things they are in favor of. They like music; the word love is used by them a lot. Their diversions might seem to be harmless enough, were it not for one thing, in a very aggressive and evangelical way they praise the effect on the mind of hallucinatory drugs particularly the drug LSD. It is a tradition in American life to respect young people, we are glad when they have ideas and we are proud of a nation which has taken its strength from the new, from experiment, dissent, and change, but now at a time when we are suffering some of the worst agonies of our history, both at home and abroad, when we are most in need of new energies and new solutions more and more young people appear to be turning away from challenge into dreamy narcosis. The hippies present a strange problem, our society has produced them there they are in rapidly increasing numbers and yet there seem to be very few definite ideas behind the superficial glitter of their dress and behavior. They are in favor of taking things easy, that much you can see at first glance. They like to seek out simple and inexpensive pleasures. Their main colony has grown up in a low rent district of San Francisco which is called Haight-Ashbury from the intersection of two streets there. The place has become a Mecca for young people from all over the nation who come in search of something new and significant for themselves.
Well look around you nothing works, the only thing a kid is presented with when you grow up look, you know, you can join the army, you can go to war you can get a gig working as an engineer and become a vegetable, and drive to work in your own car, your own big metal box, you know, just it looks absurd, you know, people in their metal boxes, like just going all over from job to job frustrated, uptight. What joy is there in life, life should be, life is and should be ecstasy, being alive should be a joy and it’s a drag for most people, because they never had a chance to figure it out for themselves what they wanted to do, you were this, so you are going to be this, I am going to school to do this when you go to school for the right to earn, to learn, to earn, to buy more pieces of metal junk, you know, I think the kids that are here that are getting into this whole thing now, this evolution now is one that, as a result of the alienation that a child feels, particularly a middle class American feels, of not really relating to his family, father is somebody that goes to work and he gets shoved in the school and is constantly subject to one authority or another and when he turns on he sees wow that’s something else.