I think that encouraging us as Patriots to focus only upon the positive things that the Union and American style democracy has manifested is like putting blinders on us all. It is highly unproductive to ignore the errors of a Nation, no matter that we and our elected leaders are only human and thereby steadfast to commit the errors, some repeatedly so. It's not impossible to ignore the errors of our Nation's ways, but haven't we done so long enough?
lurker wrote:We do not ignore our errors in this country--we castigate ourselves for them. we fight wars with ourselves over them. The theme is not about ignoring errors, it's about what could be.
I'm not quite certain that I understand what you're saying here. But I've never believed similier claims; it seems so obvious to me that Burningman is simply the latest in a long line of estatic festivals, including, but not limited to Mardi Gras, the Rites of Dionysis, Potlatch (okay, that's american--if it existed) and Saturnalia.playafucker wrote:burning man is a entity that could only arise from something like america
Teo del Fuego wrote:lurker wrote:We do not ignore our errors in this country--we castigate ourselves for them. we fight wars with ourselves over them. The theme is not about ignoring errors, it's about what could be.
Ahhh, a breath of sanity. Well said!
I still think the theme is weak because it invites Defaultia turmoil into my one-week of escape and because 90% of us will, indeed. interpret it negatively. (But am I being negative in my assumption?)
I would like to think that Burners are far too creative, imaginative and original to burn the US flag, particularly while enjoying themselves in a country where such an event is possible. I hope I'm right, I fear I'm not.
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