I’m a virgin, are you? A Burning Man virgin, I mean. Because lord knows, I’m no virgin…
Eight days in Black Rock City – a temporary city in Black Rock Desert of Nevada, 90 miles north-northeast of Reno – culminating in the burning of the Man on Labor Day weekend.
My boyfriend has been, but I have not. From what I hear, it’s pretty darn crazy. We’ve been trying to go for years, but just haven’t been able to get our butts in gear. Maybe this year…
When I mentioned going to Burning Man to my step-father a couple of years ago, he practically jumped out of his skin with excitement. He said he had always wanted to go and that I should really try to get there in my lifetime; and enjoy it for the both of us. He has these great pieces of art that I would love to take and use as barter.
The more I think about it, the more I want to go.
The Ten Principles of Burning Man
Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.
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.
In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience.
Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.
Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient.
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.
We value civil society. Community members who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state and federal laws.
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.
Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.
Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience.
Doesn’t that look fun? Throw your gear in some bags and let’s go!! Don’t forget a little bit of random wacky!
Photo Gallery of Burning Man past (contains some nudity and adult content)
Learn more from the Earth Guardians.