Jimi Hendrix

The 1960s

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The 1960s were a moment of unique societal upheaval and creativity. We reckoned with the lies we told ourselves. We created new ways of seeing the world and showing up in it. The winds of change were blowing.

I’ve long felt sad that I didn’t get to experience the 60s. My life by comparison has somehow felt a little less alive.

I don’t often feel FOMO. But I do for the 60s.

2020 is an incredibly challenging and worrying time on a number of different levels — from Covid, to the protests, to the political climate, to the actual climate. I fear what will happen next. I fear that there is too much anger and upheaval for us to maintain.

There’s one thought that helps me through all this: What if 2020 and the 20’s generally are the new 60s? What if what we experience now as deeply concerning will look in retrospect exciting and monumentally important? What if now is the moment of great change and creativity our grandchildren will lament not being able to have experienced? 

I can’t say for certain that these times will lead to positive change. But I can say confidently that all significant positive change is preceded with the feelings of uncertainty and fear that we are experiencing right now.

There is no change without anger and upheaval. There is no change without uncertainty and risk. The times that are most exciting and vital in retrospect will always feel the most troubling and uncertain in the moment.

Consider your grandchildren or great grandchildren 50 years from now. What is the story you would like them to have about 2020 and the 20’s? What is the story you want them to have about your role in this moment?

What can you do to live that story today?

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Peter Schulte

Peter Schulte is the founder and editor of Kindling. Peter is also Senior Digital Engagement Associate for the Pacific Institute and the UN Global Compact's CEO Water Mandate, connecting businesses to sustainable water practices. Peter holds a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. in Sustainable Systems from Pinchot University. He lives in Bellingham, WA, USA with his wife, son, and cat.

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