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When you attend a festival and become a part of this giant organism, it is important to remember that everyone in this organism is awesome. Everyone is beautiful, everyone is unique in their own way, and everyone matters, but no single person is special.
You are not special. Throw away your trash. If you don’t, the rest of the festival has to deal with a dirty venue.
You are not special. Relieve yourself in the Porta-Potties. If you don’t, the rest of the festival has to smell your waste.
You are not special. Keep the Porta-Potties clean. If you don’t, the rest of the festival has to deal with your mess.
You are not special. Don’t cut in line. If you do, the rest of the festival has to wait longer.
You are not special. Don’t ride on someone’s shoulders longer than one song. If you do, you will be blocking the view of everyone behind you.
You are not special. Don’t consume more than you can handle. If you do, the rest of the festival has to deal with your inability to deal with yourself.
Once you understand that you are not special, you will understand that everyone working together is what makes festivals such special entities. The sum of all of our parts creates an environment that is clean, fun, and safe for everyone.
If you see someone who thinks that they are individually special, it is okay to politely remind them that they are not, and how special all of us working together are.
WE'RE ONLY SPECIAL WHEN WE'RE TOGETHER.
(Shout out to Zach Jaffe for the concept)
Learn how to become a contributing member of the festival community by reading The FestivalGoer's Guide and have your best festival every time you go.