If you've ever been to a music festival you've probably heard the term PLUR. PLUR is an acronym that stands for Peace, Love, Unity, and Respect.
PLUR is a mentality, a behavioral and ethical guide for ravers that grew out of a desire for a safer and more inclusive community. The term, originally coined by New York DJ Frankie Bones in the 90s, is sometimes known as Peace Love Unity Movement (PLUM). After 1993 respect was added and PLUR was born. The mantra of the scene spread from coast to coast.
Every raver or festival goer should approach the scene with the PLUR mentality. Small acts of kindness are one of the best ways to spread PLUR. This devotion to inclusivity is one of the reasons the rave scene is so inviting to "misfits" everywhere - it makes sure that anyone can find a home through a shared love of music.
At the end of the day, PLUR stands for looking out for one another, taking care of each other (even strangers), accepting others as they are, and making everyone feel welcome. It's a feeling, its a mindset, its a way of life.
PEACE: We're all in the scene to have a good time, listen to music we love, and exist in a place together for one night or weekend in peace. This is not the place for bad attitudes or fights.
LOVE: This one is pretty straightforward -- spread love and receive love in return.
UNITY: We're all united in this one place for the same reason, a shared love of music. People are coming together from all walks of life to together experience something special.
RESPECT: Respect yourself, respect others, respect the space/venue. Consent is so important to creating the most comfortable and accepting experience possible. Don't get too messed up and ruin the night for people around you, make sure to pick up after yourself, and don't be rude if other's taste and music is not the same as your own.
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