Captain Goddammit wrote:You're a little starry-eyed. You should read up on the actual origin of this event.
Eric's sig line is exactly the truth.
I've been a burner a really long time, and there's NOTHING spiritual about it. It's a party and it's a camping trip and it's a shitload of work and money. I'm not a new ager or hippy or spiritual type in any way shape or form and very few of my many Burner friends are either. We do know how to build shit and we do have fun.
Most of them have been burners a really long time too.
Most burners don't really give anything. Especially in the last ten years or so.
Those Principles were written long after Burning Man was already an established thing.
Hell, back in '99-'00-ish Black Rock City was commonly called "Bartertown". Almost no one gave anything away, you had to TRADE.
Principles my ass, open your eyes. The Org itself doesn't follow all those so-called Principles.
Starry eyed? Yup... all our eyes are made of out billion year old stardust... study some astrophysics. :p
Eric's sig is an opinion, not the truth... my opinion differs...
Again... everything we do is spiritual... from brushing your teeth, to making babies... God is always with us, the Holy Spirit... You can disagree... But again, study astrophysics... we're all literally ~13.7 billion years old, there ain't no end to this infinite Universe... we are the direct manifestation of the eternal Loving God...
Yeah, everything we do is the Lord's work... and I know it takes money to get there but when we get on that Playa, money ain't cool... unless you need coffee or ice apparently lolz
Yeah, most people and Burners don't give anything away for free... but some people will give the shirt off their back to help their brothers. Some people would sacrifice their life to save another's... that's the beauty of Gifting.
Again, those Principles existed long before the Burn and will long after... seriously, you think no one had ever thought or acted in such ways before Burning Man? lolz
Thank God it's not called Bartertown anymore, that's Commodification, putting a value on what you do with the desire to get something from someone else. When I tell virgins money and financial transactions are frowned upon on the Playa, they ask if we barter... I say No, people just give things away for free and demand nothing in return... that has made everyone of those virgins beam with a smile.
Go back to Bartertown if you want... that's called the Default World.
Burning Man is the most spiritual place I've ever been and all my Burner friends feel the same way.