One of these days (but not this year), I intend to go to Burning Man. For those of you who do not know of it, take a look at the link. For those of you who do, I wonder what your impressions might be. For those of you who have been there...I'd really like to know about your experience.
Many people think Burning Man is simply a giant party in the desert (it is), a collection of 60,000 freaks and hippies out to prove they can out-party the rest of the world combined. I once thought all that myself. But I have looked into things and discovered that at its core, it is something far more than that.
The concept of Burning Man is that of a community, not only while at the festival itself, but throughout the year wherever and however people can live out its principles. And what are these principles?
leave no trace
Now, it may seem like some of these principles seem a bit selfish, like "radical self-reliance" or "radical self-expression". But look at all 10 Principles as a whole and realize the Gestalt that is present in them. Personally, I believe that a world encompassing these 10 Principles might be a much better place to live in. Granted, that type of idealism might be rather far-fetched, but isn't something worth modeling?