Get Weird! It's Okay!
by Lizard Man
to be a lot of vague posturing and conceptualizing about participation at
Burning Man and how it makes Burning Man so much different from other mass
"events." But just what are they talking about? Sure, you can wander
around the theme camps and get involved, doing whatever activities the theme
camp planners have come up with for you. It certainly beats standing around
staring while everybody else has a good time...but maybe you'll still be
missing the point?
is not a festival, it's not an event÷it's a forum,
a place where you are given the freedom to not only do whatever you wish (again, assuming you don't interfere with
anybody else's good time) but also the freedom to be whatever you wish, whether you want to be a six-foot lizard
(okay, my personal favorite) or the guy in the tutu on the penny-farthing
bicycle. Look around you÷everywhere you look there are creative spirits popping
their tops and going all-out÷being and doing what "normal" society
would chastise them for, just because it's a little too colorful.
is an extrovert's convention, a place where everybody can let their hair down
-- or shave it off -- hell, they can burn it off if they prefer -- and
appreciate everybody else who's doing the same thing in their own unique way.
So don't just stand there and snap pictures -- get weird! It's okay!