Trishntek wrote:I suppose my comment could have been expressed more succinctly. Giving is more than $$. The question did not specify money, even though that was the assumed context. Gifts can be to the city, projects and individuals in all manner of donated time, effort and money.
There are various passionately emotional and physical investments that far outweigh monetary value. I see the question as, "How much of YOU is spent on Burning Man?"
well TnT it takes me about 3 months to acheive some kind of emotional stability after i get back, and for 2 months before i go again i literally am interested in nothing else. i am over there for about a month, so far Its's about 50% of me devoted to being at BM. Now lets take into account the "wanting to avoid drama" part which has me thinking about BM for about 3 hours a night and even thinking i may not go next year, so as not to interfere with others burns, or trying to think of a way I can have my burn without affecting there's that's another 12.5%.
thats my commitment to BM for me. now lets add in the thinking what can i do for BM itself, or what can i do to add something to BRC for other people to enjoy, giving what advice i can to people wanting to go, or are going but need a little help in working out "how" that probably averages again another 3 hours a day. Or another 12.5% so far I am 75% giving to the burn. I still think i'm not doing enough, if i could i would happily go out from the moment DPW sets foot on the playa to start building our city and leave with the last of the restoration team having removed all trace of us having been there. then go to Reno and help anyone who wants it with next years project or converting a school bus.
It's probably more of measure of how little there is in my life than how commited to BM i am, because of course i am over in London, dreaming of a life i don't have. Perhaps part of the reason i think of not going for 2013 is just that, maybe I don't really know, like I said it takes me 3 months to acheive some kind of stability after i get back.