Have you ever wanted to be in a place where societal norms and any kind of control does not exist, no rules and regulations?
A place where you are free to express yourself and embrace your inner freak.
What is Burning Man?
Burning man is nothing you have experienced before,unique to it's kind. It takes place at the black rock city(playa) in Nevada and it last for 1 week.
People are called to built a whole city out of nothing within few days, and along that create a community based on radical self reliance and radical-expression. In this ephemeral city everyone has to participate in order to create the community, you can't really be a spectator or else you will not understand the real essence of it. What I really though was different from other festivals is that no one expects you to purchase anything, burners gifting each other without expecting anything in return.They built multiple camps that people there, offering their skills and knowledge for free. For instance there is a yoga camp and many more.
That immensely act of altruism and empathy creates a tranformative experience.
Since I was a child I never really been the one to conform and follow the rules, I always been an outsider. Many times I thought that I was in the wrong and will never find like-minded people.I guess what really draws me in burning man is that there is a strong sense of community, that celebrates each other without trying to change us. Immediacy is on of the 10 principles given by the founder Larry Harvey It means you are free to express yourself however you please with no restrictions. No one will judge or laugh at you. You can be as creative and silly you won't with your outfits and art.
We live in a time where we are extremely dependent on technology. Digital communication is slowly killing real human interaction. Something I noticed from myself and friends, as soon as we go out the first we all ask the waiter if there is WiFi, we have become so obsessed with the digital world that being away from it seems like torture. In burning man there is no WiFi,phone reception, TV, video games or anything that will distract you from being there. It basically forces people to truly interact with each other, get out of their comfort zone and be present.
Another of the 10 principles of Burning Man is radical self-reliance. This festival encourage people to learn to rely on their own resources in order to survive. Being on the desert away from technology and any kind of comfort can force you to get on survival mode and discover your inner strength.
If we all practice the burning man spirit and came together as one community we would achieve great things.
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