Sunbeam56 wrote:Cautionary words are good - but face it, Newbies gonna have too much energy, too many dreams, and too much hope to extinguish expectations. You may as well send the Virgins to a Nunnery - ain't gonna stop nuthin'... just make it more painful.
I have some hopes, and I am definately not gonna share them with youse naysayers... but I'm also not going to let you take them away.
The Temple is a hope, made physical.
Guys who don't dream ... die slowly.
Again, you completely misinterpret what we're saying. I was a newbie once, everyone here was. We all went with varying degrees of expectation, which is why we know it's best to plan for the camping part as thoroughly as possible, and try to keep the expectations in check. No one is trying to "take away" your hopes, we're trying to get you away from pinning the success of your Burn on them.
Think about it - these people you're calling naysayers because they don't speak the words you want to hear love the event so much they hang out on a forum about it all year, some of us for years on end. Your version of a naysayer is very different than mine...
I'm from SF, Home of the Burn, so when I went for the first time there was an entire community around me, but they weren't (all)
glassy-eyed cultists. They instilled not only how great the Burn is, but what to watch out for, and how to survive. Basically, they taught me to keep my expectations in as much check as possible. Doesn't mean I wasn't as wide-eyed as a kid discovering Disneyland when I got there for the first time - and being a realist now doesn't mean I still don't get that wide-eyed every year I go.
You're placing your hope into an object that you don't know what it will look like, what it will be like, how hot, crowded, miserable it might be when you first walk up (or how amazing it might be, with someone playing an earth-harp and the sound of gamelans in the distance). What I'm saying is that if the Temple doesn't live up to all the hope & hype you're putting on it, you may end up wrecking your entire Burn. You've set everything on seeing the Temple - what if it's not what you wanted, needed or expected? What if it doesn't live up to all the dreams you're piling on it and expecting it to live up to? What if your first Temple is like my 1st or 2nd, both of which I found highly disappointing? Are you ready for that, or have you blinded yourself to the very real possibility that it may not be what you want? That's not nay-saying, that's cold hard facts. If you go in prepared that you may be disappointed, it only has to be nice-enough for it to be good!
That's what everyone is saying to you both - open yourselves to the adventure, don't put your hopes just one part of it being perfect, because if you do, you've pretty much made it impossible for it to be as perfect as you hoped for.
Plan your physical camping, learn everything you can to be prepared for your survival, go with an open mind that you may just be disappointed in the Temple this year - and I can almost guarantee you that if you have an open mind you'll find something else amazing that will take it's place.