For me, raving is probably one of the single most
influential and important things in my life. It
brings me up when I’m down, opens my mind to new
people and lifestyles, promotes general feelings
of happiness and grooviness, and provides a place
where people from all walks of life can forget
their problems and differences and dance and have
a good time. It has introduced me to some of the
most creative, intelligent, funny, caring, soulful,
friendly people on the planet. And I know I’m not
So I wonder, if raving can bring this about in me
and others, what can it do for the world? Obviously
not everyone is going to like house and techno.
That’s not the point I’m trying to make. If raves
can smash the walls of isolation and ignorance, it
stands as a perfect example of how the world could
be. The potential, energy, and technology are here
to bring about sweeping global change. The age-old
dream of one world, united in peace, may not be far
above the horizon[and] consistently I can turn to
the music, the dance, and the vibe, [which]
consistently lift my spirits and renew my hope. If
it can do it for me, it can do it for the world.
—excerpt from an alt.rave posting by Noah Raford."