mamasharon wrote:It seems to me that those talking about people helping themselves to food and underestimating newbies are forgetting the Principle of Inclusion. Don't just go to Burning Man, live it!
Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.
Encouraging self-reliance, over the non-principle of sponging and taking, might be the game here.
Taking something (gifts are voluntarily given)* and expecting the prepared to wipe the asses of ravers is no noble Burning Man stance.
If I run into you on the playa I'll offer you a cold one, maybe haul you around on my chariot bike, I don't care who you are as long as you're not expecting stuff from me, while giving only passive/aggresive demands. That's how I am off the playa too. I don't just go to Burning Man, I live it !!!
A couple years ago standing in line for a snowcone, the camp ran out of ice. The desert-sprite in front of me offered to make an ice run on my dime. The deal was done, and she returned with the ice. As the snowcone machine started up again, a hippie manifest himself into the front of the line mumbling something about, Is there cherry syrup for the snowcones? Shouldn't the snowcone crew take into account his expectations for cherry flavoring, to truelly be inclusive? What were they thinking? I explained how lines worked, and that there was no way in hell he was going to cut in and get a snowcone before the person who had just run for the ice neccessary for that treat received her snowcone. That harshed his burn.
"Oh man? Peace brother. We're all kindred spirits here, I'm a participant also. No worries. Is there any cherry syrup for the ice?"
I think he may have even moved to hug me during this exchange of Burner concepts. I wonder how many principles I violated as I explained to him that he was trying to cut in front of people who had waited longer, and done more, while justifying it with jive talk.
*Where did people come up with the idea that gifting/sharing/fellowship means getting stuff?