A RAVER'S 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 the same. 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 very realizations that each of 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 the 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.

 




I love it, I put it on my wall, I think that it is so true for me, and people jsut don't understand.

-Alice




I can FEEEL it, i can TASTE it, and i LOVE the sound of it - let it continue FOREVER!!

MegZ




Brilliant Alice. Just brilliant. You cetainly have the ability to grasp and literate what a majory of 'The Massive,' feel, experience and live thru each day. I truly relate and understand.




i love this...i heard it when i first gotinto the scene and i have always loved it...there is nothing stronger that has been written about the rave scene...at least not anything i have come across as of yet




wow, i feel amazin now i have read that. my hair has stood on end and i have a shiver down my spine.

ketkitten




i put it on my wall too. it is as though when people who have never been to a rave read it they somewhat get an idea of what we are about.




I TOO PUT IT ON MY WALL A VERY POWERFULL MANAFESTO THERE BETTER THAN THE ONES I HAVE READ BEFOR. gREAT JOB. tO aDD TO PEOPLES HERE WWW.RAVERS.ORG



How comprehensive of what i feel... this does in fact speak of the unity i feel at clubs... had i a printer, i would put it on my wall too... but until then i will write it myself...

~~~~Lucien



I LOVE IT. Its amazing how this explains exactly what my friends and I are all about! keep the spirit going~i cant stop raving!!



amazing words from the underground beat...can you feel it?...can you hear it?...

PLUR till the end of time..........!!!!!!!!!

PLURIFICATION of our NATION

:::the music that unites us+the feeling that remids us+we are all part of the MASSIVE global village:::



That is the best thing i have umm read in a while. Makes people understand what it is all about. Music is always here and will always be... keep dancing.



This is on my wall. I love that it is getting passed on. Keep it going.

((PLUR))



I love this. I printed it out, went to a rave and gave it to some random raver telling him to put it in his pocket and read it later. he found me later in the night and was like, WOW!!!

i just smiled:D



I think ravers manifesto explains almost to the bone of how we are its awsome i dont care what people think we are its what we really are that matters! (( plur ))



The connection of the family which i have been a part of for several years never ceases to amaze me.thankyou for putting our makeup out.I LOVE YOU to all my brothers and sisters



"The music will never stop. The heartbeat will never fade. The party will never end."

Just perfect!



The Ravers Manifesto was first shown to me by my "provider" and "Jedi Teacher". I noticed it in his apartment one night while having a small candy rave. I read the manifesto as he taught me his skills and now I live by the manifesto. Long live E, long live raving, and long live the manifesto.

Peace and love - J (West Delray, FL)



wow i dont think there is any other way to describe how beutiful our secne really is. no one understands that we are not drug addicts but we are one. I love it it is going on my wall.




i also believe that it explains are lives, that we are not druggies, but a family and yes the music will never end, due to no one could ever find that switch to shut us of, its impossible. PLUR live long e, live long to all the ravers!love to all



I found this a while ago, and am as moved now by it as I was then. There are no better words to describe what a raver is.

PLUR!



Wow...I just found this and its awesome.....thanks for improving this movement image .... PLUR!!!! 4 Ev.....

Union and respect will keep this 4 ever and will improve this through perfection path....thanks


this is fkn awesome... its printed up in colour writing on my wall its the best thing evaaaaa!!!!!
- plur mzhardcore -


now that my life has come to this, an endless run with endless paranoias. constantly on the move, trying desperately to avoid johnny law, i need to leave the country. this made me cry. ive read the manifesto 100 times over the last 6-7 years. but this is the first time it ever made me shed tears. i love you all, my fellow family members. this (the manifesto) is more true now than it ever has been before. i hope you all take your lives seriously, you are all precious individuals. wish me luck on my journey. i love you all.
djtamperfree@yahoo.com


I must say that I am impressed with you words. I too feel that the others of the world just do not understand the collective heartbeat that we share,and like you I understand that they fear what they do not understand,hence their need for their laws to try and crush us. Be at peace in the knoweledge that no matter how hard they try to hold us down the music will eventus\ally pierce their hearts and they too will come to understand that without the mother none of us would exist.


Ah, the poetic explination and insight of a raver. True understand of what it is all about. Thank goodness for people with the ability to word something such as that. Truely magnificent.


wow- just wow!! im completely moved and glad that i have found this. im relieved to see that somebody has found the words to describe what we are! our drug is our music! mucho plur xxmissy-lxxx


This is the truth in its purest form, Profound, intense, clear, concise, and to the point, well worded and intelectually stimulating. I am without a doubt highly impressed. It strkes the nerve in all of us that should have came to be along time ago.Bravo. I am along with this message. this manifesto is for all, to all. Let it be heard through out the echos of time.Raverfreak83@yahoo.com


This is still as true today as when i first saw it and felt it! i have been around for a long time and i am still moved everytime i experience our beautiful comminity... over the years trends have come and gone and elements of the scene have gone mainstream and back underground....some have left....others have joined....and through it all....the music....the music has always lived....and those of us who keep the PLUR....we are still here....and our community will live forever! because PLUR is the answer....it is how i strive to live my life....it is the secret to our happiness....and why i will never leave this scene....and the party will never end!


Peace.Love.unity.respect. Enough said. Too many destorted views on the that we cherrish. People need to read this, and pull themselves out of the ignorant world they live in and open their minds.


I just graduated and I wanted to put this on our senior quote page. Low and behold, our headmaster wouldn't let me.. But I printed out over 100 copies and gave them out to everyone in our high school. Everyone thought that raving was some dirty drug habit. Of course it didn't change some of their minds, but it did for alot. This manifesto captures the purity and the intensity of the bond that holds us together. We as ravers need to get this manifesto out, because it seems to me, atleast where I live that people are forgetting the meaning and significance of raving...they don't see past the simplicity of just getting fucked up. Even though that is true it is more than that; and this helps us to remember that. myspace.com/xtc3


I never went to a rave not even once because here in our place, rave are virtually nonexistent. i listen to many kinds of music until i fell in love with drum&bass, trance, techno, goa, etc... and i researched about everything...

i think you real ravers are the best and if i was in there with you, i'd go everytime there would be a rave. PLUR!


My generation said pretty much the same thing ... the music was Rock, Emotional state of choice was "joy" Our addiction of choice was change - to change the world and make it a better place. Nourishment - that's always love. You won't see what we, or you(!), have accomplished until your children are where you are. Blessings on your journey! May you make as big an impact for positive change in the world as we did.

>From my generation to yours - Turn the music up & party on!


MHOLY FUK! i love this person...

it is a direct transfer of thought, from the mass, to this page... what it is SUPPOSED to be, what the mass wants... what i want...

XD YA!


Wow...thats all i have to say! Rvaer 4 life til the day i die i have never read something so true and pure in my life... this just adds to my pride of being a raver and i will never forget who i am and what i stand for i love my raver family and will never stop..


may the massive go one to move many hearts with heavy feet on concrete for many generations. may this world one day grow into love and unity and we can all sit back, put on a good record, and relax for a while.

peace*love*unity*&respect

dj bunny fufu

*kisses*


PLUR from Mexico to the World. Enter the magical kingdom where everybody is friendly and you are never alone!!


Hehe, Wait till you have been raving as long as myself and some friends of mine. You will become slightly jaded and find that not all that glitters is a fluro glowstick. The idea is beautiful, the reality is harsh.


I have just started raving 2 weeks ago.. in those 2 weeks I have never felt more alive... When I read this, I felt like I belonged somewhere... This is a life stlye that Works for me, NoTHING has ever fit so well... PLUR to the world, because this manifesto has filled me with it first.

*new born raver,
Tonic


Iv been ravin for about a year now and as i stumbled across this i felt great. some hippy at a party told me about the manefesto so i thought id have a read. its truely beautiful. made the hairs on my neck stand up. i know the feeling, havin a good stomp in front off the stack. retreat wicked man of babylon, were goin nowhere. plurhave just started raving 2 weeks ago.. in those 2 weeks I have never felt more alive... When I read this, I felt like I belonged somewhere... This is a life stlye that Works for me, NoTHING has ever fit so well... PLUR to the world, because this manifesto has filled me with it first.

*new born raver,
Tonic


Wow... as always these words send shivers up my spine and make my eyes moist. Nothing beats the feeling of that bass surging through your soul as you move the sticks to the music. Something as good as this will never be stopped. Keep on raving. P.L.U.R


There are most definately no words to describe what this peice of writing has given me and the world as we know it. Love is a powerful thing, and the love we feel as that music surges through our bodies is completely in describable. Keep those feet moving, keep that bass thumping, stick together... we're no longer tha minority. Rave on!!!! xxxxxxxx


This is clearly a poetic interpretation of an entire culture. Unlike some of the more popular club/bar night-life scenes, rave culture doesnt consist of cheap pick-up lines from nicely dressed, homophobic people seeking sexual activity with the attractive members of the opposite sex. Sharing our love freely and always welcoming physical contact from everyone, we, as ravers choose to cultivate that which makes us human and alive. The only "right" way to dance is to move the way your heart feels. Anyone and everyone who seeks to rave, to join us, to be one of us, is warmly accepted and welcomed. Rave culture is one of the most beutiful ways of life I have ever seen. Ever since the 6th grade, I would listen to the local trance/dance/techno radio station and fantacize about being surrounded by people who felt exactly what I did. Now that I am older and able to go where I want to go and do what I want to do, I have found myself at home within the arms of these beautiful words. The raw energy, love, joy, and life that radiates off of the dancing masses under the stars is what I live for. Every day I thank God for making all this possible. Amongst a world full of problems, we must unite to stand against all that is evil.


-Xander-


This just makes me want to gather the massive and form our utopia on some fucking island somewhere


This touched me. I agree with the anonymous post about an island and creating our own utopia. People would call me unrealistic, but as humans we control our own fate, whether it be crossing a road or asking someone on a date, we are in control of the world we live in, and if there were more people out there that could see beyond the taboos of 'drugs' and understand that anything can be a drug and that life is about balance, this world could be a Utopia. Its a long way off, but keep that passion alive and burning and maybe the next evolutionary step will be one of the mind, when humans finally learn that PLUR is the only rewarding way to live, to create goes much further than to destroy.


PLUR is an amazing thing. if everyone in the world would show all those things there would be no problems. i luv it and will always stand by it


beautiful, awesome, analized perfectally,., if any one knows who wrote the manifesto please contact me,. timi_burrell@yahoo.co.uk


ive finally found my heaven. i have found my people and i love u all. first and foremost, its all about the music - and the love and understanding of it, is wat connects us. rave on =)

Peace Love Unity Respect
~katy~ !CARPE NOCTEM!


while reading that out loud i achieve a state of ecstasy, cause i feel these words are true! The fire will never stop burning, the heartbeat will never fade!


A beauty so surreal, I thought it could never be put into words. However, you did it. A gorgeous feeling, to be able to reach out to the person next to me, and greet them; not as friend or foe; but as family.

I love you guys.
- [Kain]


I'm feelin the warmth here. The community we share as ravers is second to none. I've been in churches that don't even have that kind of love for one another. I hope that everyone that calls themselves a raver TRIES to live PLUR every moment of their life, not just when they are at a rave. That's the only way the world will accept us as legitimate. That's the only way our family will live on. I wish much Peace, Love, Unity, Responsibility, and Respect to you all.
~Shao Lin~ myspace.com/delaeden


I dont understand how there is not one negative comment here???? not trying to be the party pooper, but there are so many things wrong with this. I have been attending raves constantly for 11 years now, and I think you all need a breakdown of this statements inaccuracy. I almost want to do just that and break it down tell you sentence by sentence why this is 90% BS. but i wont... I will just say you all need to chill on the drugs, cause the music is powerful enough without them. I am not straight edge, or easily upset, but this ridiculousness must be protested. if you feel you voice need be heard this badly allow mine to be heard as well...... leave this statement on this page.


As I was reading this, I seriously got chills and couldn't stop smiling.
I've tried to explain raves and PLUR to people, but never could put into words on how amazing it is.
This article is truly something to be able to do that.


This is the most moving , touching, truthful document I've ever discovered in my lifetime.
I hang it on my wall, and carry it in my wallet.
I let everyone who wants to become part of this family read it.
It's so amazing and undescribable.
Hopefully someday I will be brought to most of you.
There aren't many PLUR children or people out here in Illinois that I've found.

Anyways.
PLUR
Rave on!

Dj [Tori] Gabbermouth


All my years I have been searching, searching for what you say? Truth. The true depiction of my deep love for all of you and this scene. This is it. This is gospel according to rave. I'm crying now. Billy


Raving has got me through so many hard times in my life. when my dog died in a house fire i couldnt even leave the house without feeling sad but i just ended up going to a rave anyway and it really helped. this manifesto means so much to me you will never realise. i want this read out at my funeral when i pass over to the other side. love you all. PLUR 4EVA! brendan


I love the things I've read here. I've only been to a few raves (the last one with Benny Benassi at SPIN), but I'm pleased to find this welcoming and open community, and these kinds of ideals expressed. To the person that "doesn't want to be a party pooper" and says "chill on the drugs", that music is all you need, I agree.... but no one here mentioned drugs except you, and 90% of what *I* saw was indeed PLUR not BS at all - maybe you find what you look for! I'm from the tweener generation - too young for the hippies of old, 'too old' for raves? not at all, I came up with some old friends, made some new friends and felt so accepted and welcomed like nowhere else and no other time that I had to do more looking into this PLUR, and I found it 100% true. We did no drugs, only a little alcohol (which was quickly burned off!!) we were on the dance floor for 4 hours and I've never felt better... it's like so much energy was generated and shared that we became more like a tribal community than anything else I've experienced, constantly growing, shifting, changing, but still a constant, like part of a larger whole. I know there will be/are exceptions, that some people won't "get it", that some are still on their way, but everything I've read here is "no BS" - - challenge your assumptions, make your own reality, and keep on keeping on, P.L.U.R.!


As a government official for your proud country, I find that raving relieves the stresses of my job. I spend countless hours contemplating the importance of PLUR in making decisions that affect each and every one of you. Keep up the work, kids. Maintain the rhythm. Establish power and spread that money. And beware the rapists.


I just recently started raving and I've tried to explain to other people the feeling i get when I'm with my Rave Family. This is truly a beautiful piece of poetry that has captured my thoughts and expressed them in written word. I will pass this on to anyone who is open minded enough to listen. Thank You. PLUR
-Rollin-
[Rollin Deep Family]


I just got into the rave scene and when I heard this I belived this to be true and today I follow this to the letter.
Well I printed it out and I put it on my wall so I could see it everyday and think about life as a raver! I LOVE THIS!!

P.L.U.R.
Hollie


I too *just* entered the scene last weekend. I stumbled across this before I attended my first rave, and didn't quite understand it. Afterwords, looking back upon my experience in Chicago... I now know that every word of this manifesto is absolutely true.

I've never been this happy, I've never felt like I was a part of something this important and magnificent. To everyone that has melted into our wonderful utopia of peace, love, unity, and respect.. I truly love you all!!!

**New Born Raver**!!!


It's horrible how beautiful and TRUE this is. we ravers&kandii kidds& nu ravers are all one family...one new generation. others may not understand how we live day to day, creating peace and unity, but it does not matter. we are all related, in mind, in body, in soul and in the heart. plurr for life. dont ever let em put you down.


who are you and have my babies. D:< haha, your words are eloquent like a flowing river, and it moves my soul everytime i read this. srsly. have my babies. kidding. but. srsly. who are you?


This humble piece of script has been my ritual for over a decade. Each weekend...to remind why I rave, who I am and what WE stand for..... Ravers Unite!

Cameron Roberts,
Remuera


EXACTLY! this putting my feelings into words ppl dont understand they think its a bunch of children on drugs they dont understand that in that one night where the music even tho it does come to an end it goes on beating in out our hearts and keeps on living the music is in us so it never dies we come together a family a tribe to bring together the only utopia this world can offer before we have to go bak into reality i love and it is this that we stand


This is so unbeleivably true. this is how people should live they're life but some will never even know that such a place exists nor could they understand even if u try to explain. P.L.U.R. that's basically all you need to know. it's not the drugs (though ecstacy is wonderful)it is the music.And your right they do not have access to the main switch. Once it's really inside you it will be inside of you forever. And it's beautiful how that it really happens all over the planet. sometimes you have to RAVE!

LOVE CARLA


PLUR :) Haha I have lived by this for that last 5 years that I have been a raver. The scene is changing and some say it's for the worse but at least the newer generation still has the same love :)


I was thinking of using this somewhat for a prom theme. This article is amazing beyond words. 2009 senior class tried to do somewhata rave.. but it didnt work out to well since they stole my idea.. it turned out like shit and everybody there were assholes. well love the article.

still breaking from the shackles!


This is so true it amazing. I am truely speechless. Guess people just don't understand us. But for now, Long Live The Music!!!


i love you unknown auther its like you know me and we've never meet it like you under stand who i am and the people ive come to love with all my haert my 2nd family. this makes me feel less alone and happy i fell like i can know trully conect with other ravers from around the world and no one can stop me and i feel better knowing that the party will never stop and that the music will always play and that the love will flow in and out of people for every and every unknown auther you are my hero


i love all of you, so much right now. I'm reading this in school (and not that I haven't read it a million times) but this is the first time I've read all the comments and I felt such a connectedness with all you and can't help smiling.
Except the negative comment person, they obviously can't see beyond the drugs, and I feel sorry for them.


im reading this in skool and its reassuring to know that im not alone. i love every single one of yall; my raver family PLURR! peace, love, unity, respect, responsibility <3
-Romeo


raves are the only place that i can be truly happy. this explains why real life isn't the same after it.


I've been raving for 2 years and was introduced to the Raver's Manifesto the night after my first rave. I live by PLURR and the Raver's Manifesto and it's amazing to see how many people still believe in it. Where I live the scene has gone down hill and my rave family's mission is to bring back the "PLURR" one of the ways we do this is preaching bits and pieces of the Manifesto as we see fit. Thanks for posting this and thank you everyone who this writing still touches.
~~~ Paris Snap


Thanks for this. I started raving 15 years ago, and was introduced to it in a beautiful considerate way by friends who were only out to look after me and show me how to embrace the scene. This has made me think of them - we are all mostly married / settled, often with kids and live in all sorts of different corners of the planet now. But we are forever linked by these experiences. Some of our kids will soon be coming to the age where they will discover it, too. I wish them safety and light in their journey. I still go to raves, and must admit that I have become a little desensitised to my raving roots. Am really looking forward to seeing it with refreshed eyes, plugged straight back into those feelings, thanks to these posts. And thanks to the old-time raver buddy who emailed it to me. To the future! P.L.U.R. x Spacecat


I too am an old school raver. I started my journey when I was 17 and I loved the whole experience. I read this not long after I started raving and like most of the people on this thread it moved me completely, I instantly knew exactly what was being said and I could truly relate to all of it. My rave club shut down and that's when most of us stopped raving (not by choice), I haven't been to a good rave for so long now (8 years!) but after re reading "The Manifesto" again it has made me want and need to rave! Look out Leicester here we come again!!

PLUR to all the old school, and new ravers! May the journey continue forever!

Moschino Man Mitch


I just got into the scene and honestly have been getting soooo much crap saying I'm too old to go to raves. Well I don't think so. I love the music and the people and the feeling of being accepted regardless to what I look or dress like. It's a wonderful thing. PLUR <3


that was Dope..... truly amazed,,,,thanks for sharing it,,,Mimi & Tony


I love this, I love the scene, I love the family , and I love the music, but what about the people that are druggies. They are dealers. They go to get messed up to find girls to dress in nothing. The rave scene is exploding massivly and even those who originally went for the music pop a few pills every time just to enhance it. So what do we do?


Live In Virtue Everyday...let ur mind go and listen to the music cus the bass is my heart.. love the scene the life and the family..PLUR


Lomg. this is EPIC. i think every raver can relate to this. if not entirely at least in part. i am posting this to all of the members in my group. check us out if you like on fb. search term; church of plur.
cant even begin to say how much i love this. to the author, thank you. this literally brought tears to my eyes, and peace to my mind.


i will never ever ever get tired of reading this


never let the PLUR die with us!!!!! keep the vibes runnin for generations to come!!! :)


Absolutely beautiful! Praise be to Allah for bringing RAVE into my life! I started raving a little less than 2 years ago but I have grown to love the culture because of everything that was written in this manifesto! I've made so many friends and have had no one judge me so far. Through RAVE, I have learned that we all need to have inner peace if we are to achieve peace with our fellow brothers and sisters. Live PLUR and enjoy the music!
-Prof. Happy Feet (Hawaii)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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