Although my parents are open minded and trust that I party cause it makes me happy, I can't seem to get them to understand it. My dad says that because he's never experienced it, he probably will never understand it. I've tried explaining it to them. Making the correlation to hippies, talking about the ideology, the history, the love of music. But they say that in their eyes, it's nothing but a loud, drug-fest, stereotypically speaking of course. They know better than to think that's ALL it is. It kinda makes me sad. I wish they could understand how much partying has taught me. I wish they could see how it has shaped me and my beliefs and how I view people and the world. I wish they knew how the music has saved me, and breathed life into my otherwise sad person.... But on the other hand, I kinda like that it's my own. That it something I share with only those who have shared it with me. I see now how the generation gap is created. Where parents begin to lose understanding of their children in some respects. And while I do believe and know that this isn't always the case, I think it's the prevalent experience. How do you explain it to your parents? How do they understand it? What are your experiences? Ming.