This year I'm just a
jaded ReBurning Man Spectator!
Best as I can figure ReBurning Man 2007 drew 45,000 plus participants and one agnostic burner (that would be me). The theme of this year's bacchanalia was the environment, or Green Man. I had high hopes, that I'd see and be inspired by the convergence of art and the environment, but alas this year's burn was sort of a disappointment in part because it seemed to have the least interesting art I've ever seen on the playa and that too many of people there did not seem to have any awareness (like most people in the default world) of the dire state of the global environment.
I had to laugh at the irony of someone getting arrested for arson, at an organized counter culture gathering which cost me $280 just to get in the gate, and where the highlight of the event is a ceremonial burning of an effigy.
The wonder and awe I experience at my first burn, this year was replaced with the worry that we as a species live in an unsustainable world, and the problem is being exacerbated by an ever growing divergence between the have's and the have not's! I read in BARRON's (July 9, 2007) p.37 "There is nothing simple about living on less than a buck a day, which 1.2 billion people do, or on two bucks a day, as three billion people do. Income of $6 a day puts a person in the middle class in developing countries, but only 400 million people now qualify." Despite acknowledging the big picture problems of the world, at Black Rock City I found guilty pleasure in a way that a majority of the worlds population can't begin to relate to; and that is by being an airport bum at the magic airport.