Raverz Manifesto... do you feel the same???greenspun.com : LUSENET : North Carolina Raves : One Thread
Raver Manifesto Author Unknown
Our emotional state of choice is Ecstasy. Our nourishment of choice is Love. Our addiction of choice is Technology. Our religion of choice is Music. Our currency of choice is Knowledge. Our politics of choice is None.
Our society of choice is Utopian . . . though we know it will never be. You may hate us. You may dismiss us. You may misunderstand us. You may be unaware of our existence. We can only hope you do not care to judge us, because we would never judge you.
We are not criminals. We are not disillusioned. We are not drug addicts. We are not naive children. We are one massive, global, tribal village that transcends man-made law, physical geography, and time itself. We are The Massive. One Massive.
We were first drawn by the sound. From far away, the thunderous, muffled, echoing beat was comparable to a mother's heart soothing a child in her womb of concrete, steel, and electrical wiring. We were drawn back into this womb, and there, in the heat, dampness, and darkness of it, we came to accept that we are all equal. Not only to the darkness, and to ourselves, but to the very music slamming into us and passing through our souls: we are all equal. And somewhere around 35Hz we could feel the hand of God at our backs, pushing us forward, pushing us to push ourselves to strengthen our minds, our bodies, and our spirits.
Pushing us to turn to the person beside us to join hands and uplift them by sharing the uncontrollable joy we felt from creating this magical bubble that can... for one evening, protect us from the horrors, atrocities, and pollution of the outside world. It is in that very instant, with these initial realizations that each of us was truly born. We continue to pack our bodies into clubs, or warehouses, or buildings you've abandoned and left for naught, and we bring life to them for one night.
Strong, throbbing, vibrant life in it's purest, most intense, most hedonistic form. In these makeshift spaces, we seek to shed ourselves of the burden of uncertainty for a future you have been unable to stabilize and secure for us. We seek to relinquish our inhibitions, and free ourselves from the shackles and restraints you've put on us for your own peace of mind.
We seek to re-write the programming that you have tried to indoctrinate us with since the moment we were born. Programming that tells us to hate, that tells us to judge, that tells us to stuff ourselves into the nearest and most convenient pigeon hole possible. Programming that even tells us to climb ladders for you, jump through hoops, and run through mazes and on hamster wheels. Programming that tells us to eat from the shiny silver spoon you are trying to feed us with, instead of nourish ourselves with our own capable hands. Programming that tells us to close our minds, instead of open them.
Until the sun rises to burn our eyes by revealing the distopian reality of a world you've created for us, we dance fiercely with our brothers and sisters in celebration of our life, of our culture, and of the values we believe in: Peace, Love, Freedom, Tolerance, Unity, Harmony, Expression, Responsibility and Respect.
Our enemy of choice is ignorance. Our weapon of choice is information. Our crime of choice is breaking and challenging whatever laws you feel you need to put in place to stop us from celebrating our existence. But know that while you may shut down any given party, on any given night, in any given city, in any given country or continent on this beautiful planet, you can never shut down the entire party. You don't have access to that switch, no matter what you may think. The music will never stop. The heartbeat will never fade. The party will never end.
I am a raver, and this is my manifesto.
-- Anonymous, May 24, 2001
-- Anonymous, May 25, 2001
i believe that just about sums it all up
-- Anonymous, May 31, 2001
-- Anonymous, May 31, 2001
nice copy and paste!!!
-- Anonymous, June 01, 2001
what a pile of crap. half the kids at raves are just a bunch of rollers with nothing better to do. and you fucking know it.
-- Anonymous, July 07, 2001
Look, that may be true about HALF the crowd at a rave... but there are still those who go to a rave to feel the unity, love and music. I don't know what's happening to the scene... I guess it's people like you (who are full of negativity and only have one mindset) keep going, turning it into 'just another place for rollers to hang out'. It's a sad, sad case, but yes, I do see how you can think that. Some people still know what a rave is all about... and it's not all about the drugs. As far as I know, drugs are in just about every scene of life in some way or another. I do feel the same about the Raverz Manifesto, it's exactly how I feel, especially when I get so much criticism from everyone about going to them. Lemme just put it this way man... there's so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, it's just straight up wrong for any of us to find fault with the rest of us. I've seen a lot of negative posts on this forum, and it doesn't impress anyone when you make yourself sound like a jackass to those who are reading your post. If you want to make a point, don't degrade people in order to get it done, as I (for one) was offended by your stereotypical point of view.
-- Anonymous, July 10, 2001
"there are still those who go to a rave to feel the unity, love and music."
believe me, i know, and i'm one of them. but come on, your "manifesto" is just a bunch of cliches recycled from just about every other generation and movement in history, with a few slight tweaks, sewn together in a annoyingly faux-art way, you can't honestly expect anyone to take that drivel seriously.. especially when you try to apply it to today's scene, which, you must admit, is for the most part little more than a whole lot of stupid kids on a whole lot of stupid drugs, with precious little care for the music and even less for the philosophical ideas that once defined the culture.
"I guess it's people like you (who are full of negativity and only have one mindset) keep going, turning it into 'just another place for rollers to hang out'."
wow, i love how you, with only a few brief words from me as your judgement, have decided that i must be full of negativity and only of one mindset. and your argument that my being at raves is what has turned them into 'just another place for rollers to hang out' is ridiculous.. actually you have no argument. in any case, i've never touched drugs in my life.
-- Anonymous, July 10, 2001
People think about this. there has been responces to this saying it's drivle and crap but THINK. We, our genaration as a whole, will be the ones that take this world into our hands and have to change it for the better. Let's face it people. Our parents didn't do a good job with it. A lot of kids are still closed minded to things like race, background, religion, sexualty, and a ton of kids have the wrong impression about drugs weather it be drugs are harmless to drugs only kill. If everyone acted like the adults that we either ARE or WANT to be and learned about the drugs and music and everything else about what "raving" is the maybe those words will make sense. Take the happiness that you get from rolling and hold on to it. Even after the drug wears away.
-- Anonymous, July 25, 2001
This is a good piece Sarah. I want you to know that I feel the same way... I mean we, (ravers) are the coolest kind of people on earth, but people just don't realize it... Keep on ravin' and peace out...
-- Anonymous, August 04, 2001
I want to say that the entire flux of life flows from the MUSIC! Music envelopes, incourages, instills passions, rage, drives the very beat of the human heart. Without music, the world cannot spin. I am currently deployed with the US Army to Kosovo, but have created an undergound rave consortum. I had my tables sent to me and we "borrow" maintenance bays and tents to partake in the bliss that is music. This is the motivation driving my thoughts and heart though this time. MUSIC IS LOVE, LOVE IS LIFE!
-- Anonymous, October 19, 2001
yup yup das how i live day by day!!!
-- Anonymous, February 05, 2003
I first read this piece almost a year ago, and to this day, each and every time I read it, I still get chills. The same chills when I hear a song that blows my mind. People do get the wrong impression of us "Ravers" We are not horrible people. Although there are other ways to broden and enlighten the scopes on life,and we are choosing to "desecrate" our minds with this drug, X is worth it. Some people, yes, abuse the drug, but, for the people who dont, its a way to escape our humdrum of our so-called life, and actually expirence, what life should really be like. I agree 150 % with this piece, and the person who wrote it is a Genius. I have never felt so much peace, and self- admiration as I do, when I am rolling. Nothing else can compare to that. *PLUR* through the millenium. Peace, Love and happiness to all...
-- Anonymous, February 20, 2003
Sarah, you make me proud. It's people like you that there is still a scene at all. I went to my first rave in '99 and it meant something to me. For a lot a people its just something to do on the weekends. The scene is filled with negative people who are just tourist and want to say they went to rave. They went, but they did not participate. Passive observers. To stengthen any group we need unity. We need something to agree on. This manifesto helps. I left the scene in FL went it started to die. They scheduled raves under the Federal Crack House Act. Ignorance is only bliss for the ignorant. I followed the energy all the way to LA. I keep the beat and move my feet. Like a moth to a flame I am drawn to the music. Don't stop! P.L.U.R.R.
-- Anonymous, February 25, 2004
Sarah, I just wnated you and all the other "TRUE" ravers out there to know that i was stunned when i read this. This manifesto containes all of the ideals and truths that i belive. To the people who dissagree i would like ot say that in my eyes raving is a religion. It is a way of life. Raving affects everything in my life. The things that i say the way that i act and is my mind in every decision that i make. When i first read this i was stunned. All the tourists out here who think raving is just a place for rollers have been to raves but have never raved. Thank you for posing this and to all the true ravers out there you know that life is all about PLURR and i love you all PLURR MaRsHMeLLoW
-- Anonymous, February 26, 2004
Lemme guess, you've never heard of Frankie Bones, have you? If you know who Frankie is then you probably might have heard of his legend. Frankie is a US DJ that was spinning in the UK when he noticed the rave scene was moving to the US, so he wanted to bring some of it back to his home of Brooklyn. The StormRaves. Bet youve heard of those. The stormraves were thrown by Frankie and that is where alot of DJs made it big, including Keoki, Micro Sven Vath and many more. Well, in one of his events, a fight broke out and that is where Frankie stepped in and gave his infamous speech on PEACE, LOVE, UNITY and RESPECT. PLUR. That is where that word comes from. He is what alot of old skool ravers call god. That was the basis in the UK, just never laid out like how Frankie laid it out. The massive videos he projected at his raves showed how PLUR is the foundation upon rave culture is based on. It's not about the drugs. About only 20% of the people there are rolling or tripping on something. So, im not too sorry to say that you're wrong PAL. Get youre shit straight before you go posting stuff you know nothing about. PLUR People.
-- Anonymous, November 04, 2004