Brian and I have attended Burning Man 5 times now and not once have I even attempted to write about it. Every year as I leave I think man, ...
How Art Could Change The World
Brian and I have attended Burning Man 5 times now and not once have I even attempted to write about it. Every year as I leave I think man, I should really try to write down some of this. But when seriously thinking about putting words to the experience, I always fall short. But after yet another amazing burn, and a month of thinking about it, I decided, fuck it, a few inadequate words are better than none at all.
You'll never see as much creativity in your life as when you attend Burning Man. The level of effort and ingenuity that goes into the art, theme camps, and costumes is incredible. These people spend there lives on these projects, many of which are burned to the ground by the end of the week. Art for the sake of art. Each year, I can't help but think...what if we all applied this same level of effort at solving the world's problems? That's a rabbit hole from which there is little happy escape though. There's a lot of wrong things in the world that are hard to understand why they happen and how we haven't fixed them by now. I don't really think it's from lack of effort or caring, on some people's part anyway, but instead lack of resources. It's hard for your average citizen to fight against the powers of the world who have seemingly unlimited money and power.
Bring your kids, you say?! Are you kidding? Are you crazy? Nope, not crazy and not kidding. You're worried their going to see some drunk or stoned people? Or some, gasp, NAKED people?! OMG heaven forbid they see a human body. No we are not concerned about them seeing naked, drunk people. The amount of child-geared activities and camps has also exploded to the point where we kept talking about wanting to bring the kids, something I honestly didn't think I'd do until they were much older, simply because of the harsh environment. But after this year I'm instead thinking, how soon can I pull this off? There's so much to see and do there (beats the hell out of Disney Land). And so many awesome people they need to know exist. I want my children to grow up knowing that while the world may suck sometimes, there's a whole lot of people out there who want it to be better, and are trying their hardest to make it that way.
About author: Melanie
Mother, wife, web developer, writer. I blog about my life as an anorexia survivor, depression battler, being a mother to 2 boys, 1 with NF1, living healthy, and much more!