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ZANDMAN, H.J.G.. The 1960s - long hair, flowers and morality mash: Ethical appraisal of the clash that helped shape today's Western society. In Skriflig (Online) [online]. 2009, vol.43, n.1, pp.77-94. ISSN 2305-0853.
The 1960s will be remembered as a major clash that helped shape today's Western society. Young people were breaking out of the moulds that had been cast by their parents' post-war era. The conflict brought about significant social change all over Western society. Western man searched frantically for a new world, willing to risk the hardship of revolution. In a world full of confusing and conflicting approaches in terms of how to view man, the Bible has the clear answer: man is created in the image of God, and is, in this capacity, God's vice-regent and image-bearer. However, the Christian church is by-and-large remarkably indecisive as the social conscience of Western society. The main thrust of the sixties was anti-status quo, anti-establishment, anti-materialist. In the process of man's self-determination on either side of the conflict, great erosion of man's greatest gift occurred: ethical distinction. The spiritual vacuum created by anti-establishment forces led to confusion and self-destruction.