Savannah wrote:So--ultimate freedom? Of course not. I would posit that true freedom, whatever it's worth, can only be found alone. In mixing with others, one sacrifices a little freedom for other things, which may or may not be worth it to the individual.
Savannah, I wholeheartedly agree.
It seems to me, however, that the principles of Radical Self-Reliance (#4)
and Radical Self-Expression (#5)
are touted endlessly, yet I've never heard anyone expound on the importance of Communal Effort (#6)
or Civic Responsibility (#7)
. We talk about Radical Inclusion (#1)
, but are quick to call out people who aren't "true burners" or just "don't get it." I think many burners would eschew the concept of social control, yet there are lots of examples of social control in BRC. Try standing at the Temple Burn, even 50 ft back. If someone shows up later and wants to sit, you are expected make way for them. It doesn't matter than they didn't plan to arrive earlier, that there is a huge amount of space around the Temple, that they could simply move 50 ft to the left or right, or that you have a bad back and can't sit on the ground. The person standing will be publicly ridiculed, called names, and condescendingly instructed on the proper way to experience a temple burn. While sanctioning exists both inside and outside BRC, the reaction to breaking unwritten social norms can be vicious and vocal in BRC (and here on eplaya as well). Are we acknowledging the true nature
of our community, are we imperfectly moving towards an ideal world, or are we deluding ourselves by reciting a kind of patriotic slogan about freedom, self-expression, and inclusion in BRC?