- i must go to burning man. that is all
- "DO it!"
Just for fun, let’s do a quick experiment. Have a close friend or family member slowly read the first three paragraphs of this post. But first, close your eyes, relax, take a long, deep and concentrated breath, first in, and then out. Release your mind, your heart and your soul to their infinite potential, all too often reserved only for our dreams and our thoughts…
Now, just imagine a city of over 60,000 people, stretching for nearly 3 miles from one end to the other, in the middle of nowhere, built over a one-month period, with the majority of the construction completed in the final week by the city dwellers themselves. This city exists for only one week out of the year, and then vanishes without even a trace, not even a sparkle, not even a spec of sawdust. Within this city, which is the largest temporary community and leave no trace experiment on the planet, there exists for just one week – a fully operational airport, a post office, mailing addresses for every city dweller, full medical services, waste water management, ordained religious leaders for legally sanctioned marriages, and full-time rangers and security services. This city welcomes anything and everything, from debauchery to kids and families, without judgment or doubt or concern. This city of over 60,000 people, most of whom have never met before in their life, sustains itself under the core principles of radical inclusion, self-reliance and self-expression, gifting and decommodification, participation and communal efforts, civic responsibility, immediacy and leaving no trace.