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Jim Reeves was a popular writer during the 60's movement; under the pseudonym of Josh Guthrie, he wrote a collection of poems entitled Through the Prism of Change, which centered around some of the philosophies of the hippie movement. As a result of the lifestyle in which he was involved, he entered drug rehab at the New Start House in Connellsville. After he recovered, he helped at the New Start House and became the director as a way to make recompense for the drug addictions, spread of AIDS, and selfish lifestyles that he believed the hippie movement started; he became reclusive, going by his real name and refusing to discuss Josh Guthrie with anyone, treating the pseudonym as a separate person. Eventually, he revealed his identity to Connie Kendall, who came to the New Start House looking for him, and discussed his beliefs with her regarding the kind of toxic effects that the philosophy he espoused in his writings did not anticipate.
|“||Jim Reeves: I spent five years so strung out on drugs I didn't know which end was up.
Connie Kendall: Really?
Jim Reeves: Sure. That's one of the things everybody talked about in the sixties. "Get high, expand your mind!" But nobody said it would ruin my life.
|“||Jim Reeves: The leaders, the music—everybody wanted to "turn on". Free drugs, free love, free everything! They...we invited the world to join along. But nothing's free, Connie. Nobody said anything about the cost.
Connie Kendall: Okay, so I'm getting the idea. The sixties weren't so good.
Jim Reeves: Not so good? Connie, not only weren't they good, they were dangerous. Yeah, some parts of it were alright, but the upheaval of the sixties has everything to do with the problems we're dealing with now. You see Michael over there?
Connie Kendall: You mean that guy in the corner?
Jim Reeves: He's your age, Connie—your age! And he's battling cocaine addiction. He didn't have anything to do with the sixties; he wasn't born then. So why the addiction? Because we said, "If it feels good, do it!" in the sixties and the seventies and the eighties. Your generation and the generation to come is suffering the effects of that!
|“||Jim Reeves: My ideas? They were wrong, okay? They sounded good—made for nice poetry. But they didn't work. Not in this world, not with the people the way they are. We failed, Connie. We didn't help the world. We didn't change anything! In fact, we made it worse. We wanted freedom without responsibility, and now the consequences are two decades of a drug epidemic, abortion, AIDS, and people who think only about themselves!
Connie Kendall: But how can you blame the sixties—an entire decade—for our problems?
Jim Reeves: I don't blame the sixties. I blame myself.
Connie Kendall: What?
Jim Reeves: Because this thing we call the sixties was made up of people like me who got everything wrong. And I guess running this clinic is the only way I know to say I'm sorry.
|“||Jim Reeves: You'll have to take a... trip with me.
Connie Kendall: Trip? You mean like drugs?
Jim Reeves: No. A trip in the car, actually.