I too was one of many in the 60's and 70's who imagined a better culture through self enlightenment. The trouble started with the end of the Vietnam War, we didn't have much of a plan for political action after Vietnam. I also discovered that a lot of activist types were all done protesting because their real cause was the saving of their own bacon and this was accomplished. Everybody was worn out and, sad to say, so was the notion that we as people had some obligation to each other, so much for "brotherhood".
I'm not as critical today of these people who went about their lives into the 70's and the crass, self-indulgent 80's, but I harbor some deep hurt. I hurt because I feel duped and I must say I was more than a bit naive. I probably have some company in that regard -- your site tells me so. I love reading the letters from your readers. It helps to know that others are still holding out for some hope, even when they express their utter disgust with the reality of the new century.