some seeing eye wrote:Mr Perpetual Burn,
You have gotten off track from BM principles and are going down a Robin Hood sinkhole.
BM does not need snowflake Robin Hoods.
Volunteer with a bike camp or the BORG itself to get a different perspective and really contribute. Why? Because what happens with bikes is much more complex than you read.
Loss of bikes at the event really crushes the experience of many who are poor.
If what happens with bikes is much more complex than what we can fathom, would you care to explain? I can say for certain, that from my perspective, simply stating that we should volunteer without a storyline doesn't exactly compel one to convert its mindset on what he/she is already believing. Also, by burning man standards what exactly is "poor"? I didnt seem to notice much homelessness out there my first burn. But hey, who knows.
It's easy for people to disagree with someone who is blantantly outnumbered and whose opinion is just that- and opinion, but in order to fix a problem, we must first come up with solutions. Instead of arguing about it why don't we refer to what Vargaso mentioned and just lock your bike up? That's a simple, easy and, if you will, cost effective solution to the "poor".
I'm sure I'll get hell for this but I'll willingly admit I have been one of those knuckle heads that has accidentally borrowed a bicycle. I felt guilty about it when I came-to and returned it to center camp- using my "chevrolegs" to get back to wherever it was I was going. Referencing back to vargaso again, if the bike had any kind of tie or knot that had hindered my ability to take it- I probably wouldn't have dealt with the thing any way. I'm not saying it's right. Like I mentioned, I felt like an asshole because I was. I do see where Perpetual Burn is coming from though, regardless of financial stability or not. I do agree that perhaps a good way to clear up the moop issue that org has to deal with anyway IS to pimp them out and bring them back. If you aren't taking a bicycle that has clearly already been worked on and effort has been put into it- IF you're assuming that these janky bikes are from europeanors that can't take them back any way... then ultimately you are not only reducing, reusing but you're recycling as well. And that, to me, is a much better solution than leaving them behind for someone else to deal with.