|If you make your own granola you might be a granola.|
Hippie was a derogatory label for young people that dared to think differently. The youth of the day represented a radical threat to the system and were actively discouraged from continuing their push for change. Same with the more recent Occupy movement, suppressed in real time by an extreme show of authority that sent a strong message to anyone else thinking of stepping out of line.
Another more recent label that would make me laugh if it wasn't used so disparagingly is "granola". Linda and I have both been called "granolas", which like hippie or occupier, I would begrudgingly accept as a compliment.
Not that I am "a kind of breakfast cereal consisting of rolled oats, brown sugar or honey, dried fruit, and nuts." However, I have eaten a lot of this cereal in my days, and have gone as far as to make my own granola and granola bars, so maybe I do fit the label.
So how do others see people they call granolas? The most highly rated definition on urbandictionary.com follows:
An adjective used to describe people who are
- environmentally aware (flower child, tree-hugger)
- open-minded, left-winged, socially aware and active
- queer or queer-positive
- anti-oppressive/discriminatory (racial, sexual, gender, class, age, etc.)
- with an organic and natural emphasis on living
- will usually refrain from consuming or using anything containing animals and animal by-products (for health and/or environmental reasons)
- limits consumption of what he or she does consume, as granola people are usually concerned about wasting resources.
Usually they buy only fair-trade goods and refrain from buying from large corporations, as most exploit the environment as well as their workers, which goes against granola core values.
The choice of not removing body hair and drug use are not characteristics that define granola people, and people, regardless of granola status, may or may not partake in said activities. This definition is sometimes confused with hippie.
How can this be bad? I think I am going to embrace the label, and embrace "granola core values". Who knows - I may start the Great Granola Movement of 2016. I wonder if that would be a threat to anyone? If so, I wonder if they would call me a Granolist?
"What do we want?"
"Homemade granola bars!"
"When do we want them?"
"Oh ya, system change, too... and the end of simplistic labelling."