The face of Burning Man
by Lizard Man
actually, the Burning Man has no face, which is wonderfully abstract and
strangely appropriate, given that the Burning Man Experience is all about face.
Not saving or losing face, but about facing your own self. Burning Man is about
facing your fears, confronting yourself head-on, and facing both your strengths
and weaknesses in all their resplendent glory. Burning Man is not just about
the good feelings, it is about dealing with the intensity of life in all its
rich variety. Facing the often beautiful and sometimes ugly truths about human
nature. Facing your own demons and accepting that you are not perfect. Facing
your connections to others, however wonderful or flawed or deep or shallow they
may be. Facing the stark reality of your own survival in this harsh playa
environment, and coming out a winner... maybe with a little help from the
community whose view of yourself you must also face.
Man, the stress, the heat, the intimacy, the power of the community, the
powerful Black Rock desert environment, and even the freedom to shed your
clothing, all act in concert to lay your soul bare before yourself and
others÷and this is what you must face.
Burning Man has no face. He's missing a few other things as well, and maybe you
are too. As we burn the Man, you are free to imprint your own face on
it/her/him. Maybe the expression on that face will tell you what you have
learned about yourself here, without you even realizing it.