Writing Wisdom From the Beat Generation
The authors and poets of the 1950s post-war Beat Generation viewed themselves as beaten and out of sync with society. ‘Beat’ also meant beatific as in the Beatitudes of Jesus as recounted in the Sermon on the Mount. Writers like Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg viewed writing as sacred and holy. Creativity was a way of living, a means to diminish the pain of human suffering.