“Initiations are typically experiences where people shed an old, less mature identity, and open up to more mature values and a larger and more complex view of the world. While these experiences seem anything but mature, I’d argue that people often do orient to meaningful values through them. Values like connection, community, self-acceptance, acceptance of others, non-judgment. This was definitely my experience. They are probably lacking values like accountability and responsibility, but even that is debatable. The thing about festivals is there’s so much freedom, you can really turn your experience into whatever you’d like. But often even those going just looking to get high and goof around end up having surprisingly profound experiences.”

Do You Believe In Magic? by Jude Star (4/5)

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