My favorite aspect of PLUR is unity. Everyone’s always speaking about peace and love, and respect reminds me of your first day of middle school when you’re asked to list what “respect” means to you. Unity is something often not talked about outside the rave scene and I truly believe it’s the aspect most followed by the current rave scene.
Last time I went to a rave I was feeling really upset about a few different things. I went to the party that night to try to forget and be part of something, see my friends, make new ones. I didn’t want to have to talk to anyone about anything serious and I didn’t want attention on me. Although men hit on me and I did receive attention, I know it was attention that was shown to many other girls and if I tried hard enough, I could rid myself of them. As the music played, the bass was pumping through the speakers and through my body, and through the bodies of those around me, I felt part of something bigger. That’s what I love about raving. The unity. The feelings that you’re part of something else.
It’s not about you and your problems, it’s about the music, the friendship, the vibes. You are united in that you are a raver. You like to dance. You like EDM. You like to meet people. Maybe you like drugs. Maybe not. But you do not judge those around you that are rolling, you offer them a hug if they’re bugging out, or some water if they look dehydrated.
It’s about the friendships. Seeing someone you knew years ago, swapping kandi, and instantly becoming best friends, even if you never were before.
And at the end of the night, you help someone get home, whether it’s by helping them find their way to the train station, lending them a few bucks for the ride, or by driving them yourself, knowing someone would do the same for you.