Hmmm....I'll screw this up as usual but in the spirit of open mouth, insert foot.....
Self sufficiency / Preparation. Your going to a very hostile environment, one that most pansy asses can't handle. You gotta plan to be on your own for a week. You learn logistics. Survival skills. A bit of engineering. A dust storm like the one on Sunday tests out how well you did. If you paid attention and got it right, you rode out the storm and had a beer with your friends. If you fucked up, you chased what was left of your tent / shade / whatever halfway down lake lahontan.
Spirit of community. Sure you can go out and be shy, isolated, on your own, no interaction with others. But the event thrives on a sense of community. Your there for the art / party / beer / drugs / inspiration, whatever, the fact is your there because of all the others that are there. Your part of a community just by hauling your ass all the way out there.
I'll stop with those but the top one is my big one...that value of self sufficiency and preparation are what transformed me outside of BM for the past 2 years as I recovered from my car accident. I used BM as a motivator to get me off my ass, learn new things, and push many boundaries. Without BM I might have believed the doctors that I would be drawing disability and sitting on my ass for the rest of my life at 31. I told them to fuck off, poured myself into preparing, and the confidence gained kept pulling me up, helping me relearn, it brought me back to life.
Sorry to go off on a tangent but while I might have found another way to do the transformation, BM, e-playa, and the friends I made accelerated the process. I owe a lot to BM, without the event I wouldn't be where I am now.
Other things I thought were values are actually not...Ivy posted about the gifting idea in another thread...it's not really a value in a way. I'm still thinking about this thread. It's a good one.