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what is the meaning of "beatific" in relation to the beat generation?  

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This cultural movement saw humanity as moving into a new phase, one that was advanced from the war-like, selfish, egotistic generations before it, one that was more "beatific" (saint-like, blessed).  The literature (Kerouac, Ginsberg, Corso, etc.) spoke to a more "laid back" lifestyle, and a...

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