I know what IT is.

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I know what IT is.

Post by skygod » Fri Mar 25, 2005 9:59 am

I went to my first BM last year, I was at 2:30 and Neptune, and I been thinking about it, and I now know what IT is.
Whenever Im walking down the street, and I pass people going the other way, I always smile a little and try to look into their eyes. Usually people will keep looking in front of them and ignore me. But once in awhile, some people will share eye contact, and for a short moment, I can see inside them.
Thats what the Burning Man is.
Be seeing you!
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Post by synchronicity » Tue Mar 29, 2005 6:25 pm

A worthy gift to receive.
Might there be additional skills to be gained that you have not yet conceived of?
Keep an open mind.
"I never know when I'm on the road to oblivion, I only know when I arrive."

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Post by Badger » Tue Mar 29, 2005 7:51 pm

I've always been suspicious of people announcing to others (or telling me) what Burning Man is about. Sometimes the caveat ...for me. tacked on the end of one's idea or interpretation is a good idea.
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Post by theCryptofishist » Wed Mar 30, 2005 8:25 am

the great Lewis Carroll wrote:"Edwin and Morcar, the earls of Mercia and Northumbria, declared for him: and even Stigand, the patriotic archbishop of Canterbury, found it advisable--"'

`Found what?' said the Duck.

`Found it,' the Mouse replied rather crossly: `of course you know what "it" means.'

`I know what "it" means well enough, when I find a thing,' said the Duck: `it's generally a frog or a worm. The question is, what did the archbishop find?'
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Post by Zane5100 » Wed Mar 30, 2005 11:46 am

Thats what the Burning Man is.
For you.

My experience has been more complex than that, and filled with beauty, horror, joy, and suffering.

Everytime I go there I learn something new about myself--even if it's something I didn't want to know or like.
middle-aged, wannabe-hipster, dilettante

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Post by skygod » Wed Mar 30, 2005 3:23 pm

Jean-Paul Sartre said "hell is other people"
I think heaven might be in there too.
Robert Burns said, paraphrased, "O what a gift that God could give us, to see oursleves as others see us."
I take every opportunity in my life to try and see what others see, feel and think. It's the ultimate luxury.
At BM its the same, just a difference in the scale of things.

The IT of Burning Man is the same IT I search for everyday. Theres just a whole lot more there.
Maybe this is obvious for everybody, but I'm a little autisitic and it took me awhile.
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Mums the Word Mate... Bob's yer Uncle....

Post by Last Real Burner » Wed Mar 30, 2005 8:57 pm

Shhhhh Skygod you're not suppose to tell people that you found "it" at burningman.... Jeezus God man... there are already 33,000 people who have come, and we just can't seem to get rid of them, now we're stuck with them every year. Just like now we're stuck with you. We're trying to keep this small piece of heaven a secret for as long as we can.......



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Post by robotland » Thu Mar 31, 2005 7:11 am

With all the computer geeks out there, it's no surprise that you found I.T..
Howdy From Kalamazoo

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Post by Tancorix » Thu Mar 31, 2005 7:45 am

I thought IT was talking about the copy of Free BSD running on the Costco servers out there...or at least that's what I was told they used when I asked. But if that doesn't satisfy ya, I also like Robotland's comment....there's a bunch of "geeks" out there.

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Post by skygod » Fri Apr 01, 2005 10:45 am

Yes you are stuck with me now.
Im usually not narcissistic enough to make posts like this
but I feel like I owe it to someone.
The insight I had was that eye-contact with a stranger on the street and the artwork and interactions at BM are the same thing was too good not to share.
I think i can build on that foundation.
"It will seem difficult in the beginning. But everything seems difficult in the beginning."- Musashi

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Post by synchronicity » Fri Apr 01, 2005 3:19 pm

Run with IT!
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Post by Nightterror » Fri Apr 01, 2005 4:42 pm

GO for IT!
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Re: I know what IT is.

Post by diode » Sat Apr 02, 2005 1:00 am

skygod wrote:.
Thats what the Burning Man is.
Be seeing you!
Don't forget my fucking gift!

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Re: I know what IT is.

Post by Blonde Iguana » Sun Apr 03, 2005 7:47 am

skygod wrote:...now know what IT is.
Whenever Im walking down the street, and I pass people going the other way, I always smile a little and try to look into their eyes. Usually people will keep looking in front of them and ignore me. But once in awhile, some people will share eye contact, and for a short moment, I can see inside them.
Thats what the Burning Man is.
I don't think meaningful eye contact is just a Burning Man IT. Eye connection is one of life's constant ITs, one of the best parts about moving amongst any congregration of strangers anywhere anytime.

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