If you were 20 in 1970, why would you have participated in the youth or counter culture movement, or why would you have refrained from either?

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It is, of course, impossible to know what I would have done.  If I had been born in 1950 instead of in 1970, when I was actually born, my upbringing would have been very different.  I would likely have had different attitudes.  Simply going by my own life, I believe that I would not have been part of the counterculture.

The reason for this is that I believe that people should act in ways that are good for society, not in ways that are simply attractive to them.  My feeling about the counterculture is that it was a somewhat self-centered movement that was largely about people who wanted to behave however they liked, regardless of social convention.  I feel that this sort of behavior is somewhat self-indulgent and I do not think I would have participated.

Again, though, I grew up in very different circumstances than someone born in 1950.  Therefore, I cannot know what my attitudes would have been if, for example, I had been a teen during the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War.