If I tell you that “Western Culture” is dying, will I seem alarmist?
If I say that it is our responsibility, as citizens and Burners, to pick the gauntlet of culture up, will that seem absurdly triumphalist?
It does to me. But, over the next thousand words, that’s pretty much where I’m going to go.
Dammit. I hate it when I get like this.
A sense of mission looks bad on Burners, we’re much more appealing when we’re just having fun, but ignoring the evident is worse.
I missed this year’s Global Leadership Conference, but I am told that a moment came when a mass of people finally acknowledged that the idea of the “default world,” a real world from which Burning Man is an escape, no longer holds water. There are too many leaks. There are hundreds of thousands of self-identified Burners engaging in hundreds of regional events around the world.
That’s what makes this era of Burning Man different from what came before. We can no longer even pretend there is a “default world.” To quote the 1980s: we are the world. Only a small part of it, but inseparable from.