The meaning of raving and the essence of the rave scene have
been speculated about to no end. Everyone has a different opinion.
Some people say it is all about the music. Some say it is all
about the vibe. Some people say it is all about plur. Some say
it is all about e. Whatever they say, one thing is for sure:
They come to raves and they have a good time. So the question
must be asked: Is there really one correct answer to what raving
is about? And does it matter?
I have asked many people what their answer would be, and each
one was unique. The experience of raving can be very enveloping,
complicated, and overwhelming, so we can't expect anyone to have
the same answer. We all gather different things from attending
raves, and we all interpret what we gather to form our own meaning
The wide range of opinions can lead to a serious issue, though.
Some may think that if we have different meanings of raving,
we can never be unified. With unification widely agreed as one
of the goals in raving, this is a problem. However, unity does
not mean that we are all the same. Unity means a total of different
parts; a oneness of different elements; a whole encapsulating
entity. To unify the raving community, we do not need to all
share the same opinion, or listen to the same type of music,
or dress the same way. We need to appreciate our diversity, respect
each other's differences, and come together as one to form a
united whole. When we truly have come together, we will have
reached our goal.
So then the question becomes, how do we attain unity, and
repect each other's opinions? I think what divides us is the
hatred between different groups of ravers, and the lack of effort
to understand one another's group. Junglists are renowned for
hating candy kids, and hardcore junkies are renowned for hating..everyone
else. Sober ravers usually hate people who are on drugs. Old
schoolers hate new ravers. Does the hatred ever stop?
One thing that I think we could do to change this, is make
an effort to interact with other groups. If you are in a room
with different types of people, go meet them and have a conversation.
If you don't usually listen to a certain type of music, go listen
to it for a while. If you want to know why someone wears or doesn't
wear candy, ask. For example, I myself am a psychadelic trance
raver, but at a mainstream rave I love being in the house room
or the jungle room, and I have friends which scope from candied-out
young'uns to die-hard junglist guys to old school hardcore people
who wouldn't wear candy if their life depended on it. I totally
respect each of their choices, no matter how they dress or where
they are or what music they dance to at a rave. If you join me
in doing things like this, I feel that we can encourage unity,
and respect for all ravers.
The reason why this is important is simple. Raving has beliefs,
practices, and ideals which we hope someday will change the world.
Yes, we are all different people from different backgrounds,
and raving and its ideals is different to each of us. This is
true with any culture: there are different beliefs, groups of
people, types of tradition, and aspects of its mission. However,
there is always a core foundation on which the culture is set.
In raving, we rest on a foundation of practicing the art of Music
and Dancing, engaging in Friendship, having Fun, being in a wild
environment of Chaos, having total Freedom, and believing in
and sharing Peace, Love, Unity, and Respect. Every other add-on
to this amazing and inspiring revolutionary culture, is just
another peice in the huge crazy puzzle.
So remember why you are a part of this community, and what
you think it means, each time you go to a rave. Share your thoughts
with others, and try to understand what someone else is about.
Let yourself be influenced and influence others. Make sure that
you are doing all you can to create your ideal raving environment.
And if you leave the rave with some new views, or inspiration
for some art, or a feeling of happiness--Share this experience
and remember it for years to come. You have done all you can,
and gained a lot. I hope you are thankful, and willing to come
do it all again. Rave on!