The 1960's in the United States were like a preview of what the world is now experiencing. Consciousness was growing by leaps and bounds. What had been collectively unconscious became subject to the light of conscious examination.
These moments of Self respect brought civil rights to those who had been excluded.
They challenged the heart to stop an unjust and unnecessary war.
They opened the mind to altered states of consciousness beyond the boundaries of the physical body, and questioned undisciplined consumption for material gain.
The events of the 60's from university protests to the birth control pill to the assassinations of leaders, shaped the consciousness of a nation which influences the world today. At its best, the '60's were a glimpse of in the words of a popular Broadway show of the time, Hair the age of Aquarius where "harmony and understanding, sympathy and trust" abound.
In 1961, U.S. President John F. Kennedy united a nation when he articulated a common goal for this melting pot nation to "set a man on the moon by the end of this decade..."
This decade was a time of establishing high ideals and meeting big goals.