Saturday, September 19, 2009

#157. Learn about Burning Man

We Don't Need No Water, Let the Motherf***er Burn

Burning Man is an event focusing on community, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance. From what I read about it, people come together for about a week at the end of August in Nevada and act like hippies. The event culminates in the burning of a large effigy. I'm guessing it is better than it sounds. One website that I looked at said, "Trying to explain what Burning Man is to someone who has never been to the event is a bit like trying to explain what a particular color looks like to someone who is blind." Even though the description is hard to imagine, I think it sounds pretty cool. I don't think that this is some event that I ever envision myself going to, but I don't mind that it exists. I think that in small bursts people acting a little crazy and without care is healthy.

This event has exploded since it began with about 20 people in 1986. The past couple years have seen the participants balloon to almost 50,000. This means to be that there is something really special going on.

I watched the episode of Malcolm in the Middle titled "Burning Man." It helped explain things a little better than reading up on the history. If the episode caught the spirit right, it seems to me that people act primal and unconstrained. It's about ignoring what "the man" says about life. This is why they burn him as a culmination of the festival. Anyway, that's plenty for me to know about Burning Man.

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