Burning Man’s ethos is around complete acceptance and openness to others, dissolving the boundary between us and THEM. It shows itself in incredible, unbridled creativity. Burning Man is a glimpse into what life could be like without ‘boxes’. There is no money or bartering, only radical self-reliance – bringing everything you need for a week in the very hostile desert environment, and sharing through unfettered gifting.
Writing this feels strange, as I’m attempting to intellectualize and put into words a powerful emotional and spiritual experience.
This podcast helps explain the environment: https://m.soundcloud.com/harvard/the-burning-man-project-jenifer-raiser?in=harvard/sets/skydeck.
This was my first Burning Man, and I’m planning to be back next year.