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Burning Man: A Religion?
In some ways, it seems, Burning Man is a lot like a religion.

People that go to Burning Man hold themselves above people that don't. They think they're better than everyone else because they partake of this great ritual ceremony that bonds them to each other and a greater good.

There are three ways Burning Man people will tell you about it: The first is to give you a quick "Let's Go" and hope their excitement rubs off and you'll want to go simply because they think it's so great. The second is by telling you to read a twenty page essay, or, lastly, they'll tell you to read the book about it.
In many ways.

People that go to burning man try to recruit people that don't to go with them, while still holding to the stipulation of the above (Meaning without actually saying what it is).

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scixual From: scixual Date: October 1st, 2005 01:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Why is Burning Man such a thorn in your side? It's a big party in the desert. People who like it want their friends to go, too. No mystery.

Take all of your critique of Burning Man and replace it with, oh, I don't know, Star Wars, or roller coasters. No one can QUITE explain what it is and what makes them excited about it, but they want to share the experience. Most will say, "Hey, it's great, you'll like it" and leave it at that. Wordier folsk will undertake to natter on and on about what it symbolizes, what it means, etc etc etc. But the only way to know what it is is to experience it -- like anything else in life.

No one's trying to recruit you.


zimzat From: zimzat Date: October 1st, 2005 02:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I wrote this ages ago (like soon after I made the other comment to you about Burning Man, or maybe it was right after I moved up here to Cincinnati). It's not that big of a deal right now, but I had the entry sitting in my draft box for ages so now that I have internet access on my computer I figured it was about time to post it. I didn't want to delete it, so I guess I should've put up a disclaimer of "wrote ages ago".

Sorry. I realize it's a big deal to you and means a lot to you. I just don't particular see the point to it. Kind of like the miniture model battles using historical armies (like you can't make up something good enough so you have to use something that already exists).

Meh.
scixual From: scixual Date: October 1st, 2005 02:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Which is absolutely fine. There *is* no point to it -- not for everyone. Not even for most people.

I suspect you found yourself a Burning Evangelist at some point in the past.

I'm not sure I see the point of water parks, or sports games.
romeohotel From: romeohotel Date: October 1st, 2005 04:28 am (UTC) (Link)
semi-naked lifeguards and shirts vs skins
mrtrblmkr1 From: mrtrblmkr1 Date: November 22nd, 2005 05:08 am (UTC) (Link)
i agree *tear*
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