I've read in a http://portlandenglish.edu/blog/how-to-use-being-and-having-as-gerunds/ that When we use the gerund “being” plus an adjective, a preposition, or a noun, we are talking about experience or condition. The website explains as follows:
Here are some examples using “being” with an adjective, a preposition, and a noun:
Being stuck in between two people is uncomfortable. [ Being + adjective ]
Being on an airplane is uncomfortable. [ Being + prepositional phrase]
Being an airline passenger is uncomfortable. [ Being + noun ]
In each of these cases, the person is complaining about the experience or condition.
If you want to make the situation negative. just add “not” in front of the gerund:
Not being comfortable makes the trip feel longer. [ Not + Being + adjective ]
I am happy not being on an airplane. [ Not + Being + prepositional phrase]
Not being an airline passenger is better for me. I prefer to drive. [ Not + Being + noun ]
My question: can I use "To be" and "not to be" in the place of "being" and not "being" in above sentences without changing the meaning of them? I want to know why "being" has been used in above sentences instead of using "To be" to show "experience or condition" ?
what would be the meaning of these sentences If I used "To be" in the place of "being" in above sentences ?