Here’s a very good documentary about the Burning Man Festival that takes place every year in the Nevada Desert. I’ve become increasingly fascinated with the Burning Man Festival because it seems to be a fascinating expression of a group viewpoint, where a large number of people share a view of how they want to express themselves and what they think is important. I particularly enjoyed the fact, explained in the documentary, that everything is free at the festival apart from coffee (as far as I can remember). In addition, many people there turn up with the intent of supplying useful or fun things to other people simply because that’s part of the festival. As the documentary-maker states, this makes the place, at least for a week, a form of utopia.
In the past, most articles I’ve read about the Burning Man Festival focus on it has being a drug-ridden, debauched, pagan festival. In some ways, this might be true but like many opinions, that tells us more about the person giving the opinion than what they’re talking about. If you think about it, Christmas is a drug-ridden pagan festival, as it contains Christmas trees (pagan), Santa Claus (weird hybrid pagan ogre), holly and ivy (pagan) and alcohol (dangerous drug). What I found wonderful about the Burning Man Festival was that it also like Christmas (joy, sharing, community, charity, decorations, music) without any consumerism. It is the perfect Christmas, on a dry lake bed, in the middle of nowhere. For more on its ethos, I recommend this higherlogic.com article.