Why do we RAVE?

The world that we live in is far from perfect. In actuality, it's a mess! There are wars being fought over money, power, religion and other selfish disagreements. There is hatred caused by bigotry and racism. There is hunger and famine. There is crime caused by greed. There is chaos caused by confusion. There is an overall lack of communication among us fellow humans. We are slowly destroying ourselves. Somewhere along our historical chain of events, humankind took the wrong turn and kept on going. However, the youth of America today can either keep following the same old road or start leading a new path for themselves. Though not one person alone can change this world, we as a people can send a positive message from our international movement; and our movement is called RAVE.

RAVES are a spawning ground for inspiring today's youth towards building a new awareness in their individuality. An awareness that promotes inner peace, open-mindedness and free expression of one's thoughts and feelings about themselves and of others. It is a bonding ritual that promotes peace with all, love with one another, and unity for all humankind. RAVES are a celebration of life; an escapism against the reality of the world's imperfections. It is an anticipated social event where one can release their anxieties, fears and worries while at the same time gain insight that there is hope.

RAVES are a therapeutic unified gathering that can continuously help an individual learn more about their strengths and weaknesses and can also help channel their energy towards a positive direction in their life. For those RAVERS who truly understand the concept of RAVING (DJ's spinning powerful Techno/House music as the masses perform an all night tribal dancefest), the event itself becomes a spiritual and educational experience. However, the common conclusion that is reached is consistently the same:

"That the world isn't perfect and neither am I. And though I can't save the world, I can still promote peace, love and unity. And by doing so, I can save my own little world and make a difference in every environment I walk upon. Therefore, my intentions in life are good. And knowing that I am a positive impact on other peoples' lives, I am at incredible peace with myself. I can continue on living my dream as my existence forges on, making great contributions to society. I am a vital member of the international RAVE movement and we have a very clear and positive message to deliver. That we all need to share the power of love and that we must unite ourselves as one people -- for peace..."

This is why we RAVE.

Rick M. - Portland, Oregon - 7 May 93