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America Needs To Embrace PLUR

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Andrew Tessler

For those of you that are living under a rock, the recent events that have taken place in Orlando, Dallas, in addition to the divide between #BlacklivesMatter and the police, have torn this country apart. We have not been this divided in decades. You see people post on Facebook about how they hate living here and what has our country become, but what do they actually do about it? After 9/11, the whole entire country came together and practically everyone was proud to wave the American flag or have it flying from their porch. It wasn't a time of peace in this country, but it was a time of unity that brought everyone together and made us stronger. It's time to come together as one, and we need a simple term that's been around dance music since the 90's. [caption id="attachment_38320" align="aligncenter" width="653"]dallas Dallas Rapid Transit Officer at Baylor University Hospital | Photo Credit: Ting Shen, Dallas Morning News[/caption] PLUR stands for 'Peace, Love, Unity, and Respect.' Those four words truly embody the culture that surrounds electronic music, and with all going on in the world, maybe we need to expand beyond dance music, and focus PLUR on everyone. The term has been circulating the internet since it's early days in the late 80's. but was brought to life by DJ Frankie Bones in the Summer of '93. Apparently in response to a fight that broke out at one of his wild Storm Raves in Brooklyn, Bones is said to have got on the microphone and yelled: “If you don’t start showing some peace, love, and unity, I’ll break your faces" If that ain't the truth right there! With the events that have taken place in the past year, people are really starting to lose hope in society, and there seems to be way too much anger floating around. We all need to rally as HUMANS and PLUR is the perfect motto that we can use to show our love for each other. Let's look at the definition of each word related to dance music and see how the acronym we believe in so much can change our ways.
  • PEACE – Hostility typically serves no purpose other than to defend an ego that is lacking inner peace. It is a common belief among the rave culture that violence is never the answer. You rarely ever see a fight or an argument at a show, but see people exchanging Kandi or dancing together in peace.
  • LOVE – Acts and feelings of goodwill towards others. The exchange of gestures such as hugging occurs in immense amounts at any rave, and is considered a way of "spreading the love". We all know what love feels like, and it feels way better than hate
  • UNITY – We are all united in the human condition. Think of singing with thousands other to Above and Beyond's 'Sun and Moon'
  • RESPECT – A person must show regard for the feelings of others through their actions and inaction, and one must have respect for oneself and the environment.
We live by these four words as dance fans and as ravers. These words go back decades in our culture. This is what we NEED to live by and start practicing as a country. I know it has been said time and time again, but just like the constitution, if we could all live by the same rules and practice those words, wouldn't America (and the world) be a better place? There is always going to be hate, but love will ALWAYS outweigh it. Mutual respect between different walks of life is the key. We are all HUMANS. Regardless of what you believe in, we call came from the same place, and we need to start thinking like that. Every single one of us wants to be successful, own a house,  have a nice a family, and just live a beautiful life. We can not do this while we are tearing our own country apart with hate, and it needs to stop. With all the advancements in technology that have brought us so close together, it seems that we may have never been further apart. It's time for everyone to come together and really show Peace,Love,Unity, and Respect!   [soundcloud url="" params="auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true" width="100%" height="450" iframe="true" /]