Trip Start Jun 29, 2011
10Trip End Jan 20, 2012
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In the middle of the Nevada desert but it may as well be on another planet. You are immediately taken worlds away from EVERYTHING you think, know, and believe.
People would tell me that I just had to experience it to believe it, and that it's like nothing I could imagine. That just made me anxious, anxious that everyone was seeing something I might miss, and I just wouldn't get it. It also bugged me because I knew I just couldn't understand the hype without going, Thomas would talk about it for hours on end and I would begin to shut off to it because I know I just couldn't fathom the kind of experiences he was recounting
Anyway, one good way to attempt to describe Burning Man, as coined by my good friend Vav, is "it's like if Ghandi made Fight Club and The Matrix".
Translation: Take the awesome, epic, hardcore nature of Fight Club and The Matrix, but inject it with love, compassion and friendship.
Sounds wack I know, but it would make perfect sense if you got to go. Pretty much, just take everything wonderful and amazing about life, amplify it ten million times, take out all the nasty stuff, and there you might have some, vague understanding of what Burning Man is like. There are absolutely no rules, but the anarchy is completely peaceful because people know better than to seriously mess with someone. That sort of attitude doesn't even make it to the gate. Or if it does, it gets left there.
You can spent an evening sitting out the front of your camp, watching the world go by. You will see people riding bikes 10ft high, a car in the form of a giant shark playing dubstep loud enough to penetrate your eyeballs, men wearing coats made out of rainbow LED lights, a family strolling by on stilts, fairies riding unicycles, a seahorse in the form of a segway, and you will see this being stone cold sober
It will make you completely reevaluate the future of humanity, and that is not an exaggeration by any means.
As stated in a note I read somewhere on facebook, a good way to sum up the attitude of people there is "Hey, you exist. Have a beer."
If you get to experience Burning Man, you will understand why people call Black Rock City home, and why they refer to the 50,000 other Burners as their family.