I can't even explain what intrigues me so much about it. Maybe it's the crazy costumes, the 'leave no trace' policy, the insane burning effigy, the incredible vibe of acceptance. It just looks so amazing and fun and crazy. All things I love.
Here's some other cool stuff I found out about it...
- Burning Man does not have a single focus. Features of the event are subject to the participants and include community, artwork, absurdity, decommodification, and revelry. Participation is encouraged.
- Radical inclusion—"Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community."
- Gifting—"Burning Man is devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional. Gifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange for something of equal value." Instead of cash, participants at the Burning Man event in the Black Rock Desert are encouraged to rely on a gift economy. In the earliest days of the event, an underground barter economy also existed, in which burners exchanged "favors" with each other. While this was originally supported by the Burning Man organization, this is now largely discouraged. Instead, burners are encouraged to give gifts to one another unconditionally. SO nice!
- Communal effort—"Our community values creative cooperation and collaboration. We strive to produce, promote and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction."
- "Leaving No Trace"— "Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them."
|The community created by Burning Man becomes the third largest city in Nevada for the few weeks it is held. AMAZING. photo source|
And some really cool stuff on Buzzfeed. Here and here.
What are your thoughts? Would you go? Could you go and just be completely free for a week and have your eyes opened to this particular level or amazing-crazy-passionate individualism?