Thu 4 May 2006
In my Kabbalah class our professor shared the quote “One generation’s revolution becomes another generations fundamentalism” (Ariel pg. 192). This is illustrated in the failure of the Acid Test in The Electric Kool-Aid Test. Kesey and the Pranksters are viewed as squares, because their actions have in part become the norm. Much before the last Acid Test, Mountain Girl observes this. Wolfe says she thinks “‘I have to come here with a bunch of old men who never saw and rock ’n’ roll show before.’” (Wolfe 209). In connection to The Beatles show, the Pranksters paved the way for The Beatles’ movie by “welcoming” them to the scene (213). By pushing the envelope, the Pranksters make it acceptable to be more extreme, as far as counter culture. However, the next generation takes that for granted and then the Acid Test fails. I think that Kesey is being too hard on himself and the others when he says that they “blew it” (411). I think that they just weren’t ready to accept that they were being replaced by the new generation. For them, the last Acid Test was a wake up call.