This is a subject that has bothered me for some time. I have been actively raving in AZ since the beginning of July. I absolutely love it, and it bothers me so much to here people saying that the scene is going downhill, especially since I think this scene is so great! Since I started raving, my life has instantly gone uphill. I have never had so much fun nor been so happy. The biggest thing people seem to complain about is the “drug problem”. Whatever happened to PLUR? Peace, love, unity, and respect. This is what I was told the scene was based on, and I have totally embraced that. Let people do drugs if they want…its their body…not yours. If they are sitting in the middle of the dance floor, ask them to get up please. Problem solved…you get to dance…they get to chill. You know why the rave scene is so awesome? Because it is so accepting of anybody, no matter who you are. Isn’t that why we all love it so much, because we can just be ourselves? So many different people come to a rave for so many different reasons. Even for myself its different every weekend. Sometimes I go because there is an amazing DJ spinning that night, sometimes I go just to kick back with my friends, sometimes I go because I have this irresitable notion to dance until I pass out, and sometimes I go to enjoy a good roll in an accepting atmosphere. Being able to be myself and not worry about being judged is such an important thing to me, as I'm sure its important to many others in the scene. No matter what our own personal opinions are, we have no right to tell others what they are doing is right or wrong, UNLESS they are hurting somebody else. If you took away the music, there would be no rave. If you took away the dancing, there would be no rave. And whether you like to admit it or not, if you took away the drugs, there would be no rave. They are all integral parts that come together to form one pulsating, loving beast known as a rave. Basically, I feel that if someone is not hurting you or somebody else, leave them alone to eoy their time. Don’t be so judgmental and practice being more accepting. I am sorry to complain, but I love this scene with all my heart, and I don’t like to see it badmouthed. I want my friends and family to know that I love them very much too, and that they are an important part of my life. Take care, and I’ll see you all at the next rave!