Date: Mon, 9 Oct 1995 05:43:54 -0400
Subject: Re: P.L.U.R.

this is ecto's (brad finley's) definition of PLUR as printed in the July issue of PLRM:

we are all connected. and do you know what connects us all? on the net it's called PLUR. no it's not a dishwater detergent, its an acronym that stands for Peace, Love, Unity, and Respect. these are big words and may be difficult to define but here are some ideas:

the calmness you find with those around you, and also inside of yourself. it's tough, we often have to work at it but when you're at peace with others, with ourselves and with our planet only good can come of it.
the caring you feel for friends, for strangers, for those in need and also for caring you show for yourself. it's symbiotic, it's about sharing whatever energy you put into something will be returned to you!
this means we all share alot of common things, regardless of our age, gender, race, orientation, whatevah! we are all human beings, we all need other people, & we're all in this for the happiness experienced being around others. though we may have differences, we all arise from the same source.
this may mean respect for others, their ideas, their music, & their lives. it's also respect for one's self: one's body and the needs that it has (food, sleep). educating yourself on the substances you ingest shows love and respect for your body; passing on the knowledge to others shows respect and love for your fellow person.

that is PLUR as defined by ecto. however how one chooses to practice PLUR in their everday life may be different. here is how Spike (Rafael C Gonzalez) from ne-raves chose to practice it:

One more thing, as the hippie that i am I believe in PLUR for myself, in that I will practice it, and I know that it is an IDEAL, not everyone follows it and not everyone believes in is a personal choice I make in an attempt to continue to develop new morals and values as I continue on through life. That persoanl choice affects others and they react to my choice in a way which they personally choose also, this will not make me change my values for them, but it will cause me to react to their reactions of my actions. Thus, i will be forever changing my ideas based on the actions of others based on my initial actions...what does this mean? Well, it is just a way of saying that my views of PLUR are because I do feel it is possible for me to love until i am acting on someones belief that I am not to love. basically, I give peace when given peace; i give love when given love; I am united with one when they seek union with me; and I respect when i am respected.

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. There is evil and ther is good, and without one there can not be the other. It is a philosophy of balance and wholeness that I believe PLUR is. And no i dont always see it, no i dont think it exist everywhere, but I have it, and in a way that is all that matters, since if it is within me, it is possible to be everywhere. one is all. we are all connected.


that is how Spike chose to practive it. how u choose to practice it or whether or not u choose to practice it is up to u.

for me i chose to practice it, when i started PLRM (Peace Love Rave Magazine) a year ago.


stevie t