I think being completely and utterly self-reliant is (a) impossible and (b) pointless.fresh wrote:Yes after re-reading this, I must recant much of this statement, but also defend it at the same time. Yes an oxymoron. Many do bring everything they need to survive, everything. Many pool resources. I know our camp we have some pooled/communal resources such as kitchen and shower. I left my big sledgehammer at home, why, because I knew there were at least two others bringing theirs. So that was a good 15lbs i did not have to weigh down my car on that 1000 mile drive yet i still brought my hand sledge.Captain Goddammit wrote:I wouldn't say that!fresh wrote: I would say very few individuals SOLELY do not depend on anyone else in every single aspect of their burn. That is why people camp together.
I've never not taken care of ALL my own logistics and my friends do the same.
We camp together because we're friends and like to hang out together, not because we don't have our shit handled already.
I always understood that's the deal at Burning Man and the survival guide makes it pretty clear too.
Now i highlighted SOLELY along with "every single aspect". I know, you all got your shit together, but do you every have some one do the following: make you a drink, serve you a meal, provide you with shade? I would say yes. Therefore you are not SOLELY self-reliant. Someone has helped you even if you don't need it. I will say that being radically self reliant also includes making sure shit will show up and that you also have a backup plan.
We all can't be FigJam.
It's good to strive to. To have everything you need to survive. But there is survive and there is thrive. You will forget something. You will be unable to set up your shade without a hand. You will accept food/drink/shower/shade from someone because you want to rather than going back to camp and mixing yourself a martini.
Few will show up without a way to survive. A tent might be uncomfortable without shade, but it's still a place to sleep. Water and cup o noodles may be boring, but it is still sustenance.
The real goal should be to contribute more than you receive. To add to the event and the lives around you than to leach from them. Not bringing shade, or a sledgehammer or 1000 otter pops isn't failing at self-reliance until you become a net burden to the community. It's just a different way to burn.