At first blush, Burning Man seems like one big party, and especially for pyros. And it is, partly. But it is also much more than that. It is a gathering place for spiritual seekers who are fulfilling their vision for a utopian society and imbibing and implementing a style of life that its adherents believe can change the world. Larry Harvey, the founder of Burning Man in the mid 1980s, has a vision that Burning Man and its spinoff communities and festivals will change the arc of the history of the 21st century. He is an atheist. He does not believe in a Supreme Being. But in a twist that resonates with much of Burning Man spirituality, he believes that Being is Supreme. He has said in numerous ways that we are all together creating a larger consciousness, deeper connections, and new forms of community that will someday convert the planet.
My son is there now :eek:. I’m looking forward to seeing him safely home again, and to hear about what he thought of the whole thing. It looks like a crazy cross between Woodstock and the Renaissance Pleasure Faire to me, this “festival of self-expression”.
From what I’ve read about Burning Man, it resembles what Woodstock would have been like if it had been staged in Sodom and Gomorrah.