Great post bulD, good to hear a long term view. I often look at Burning Man as a symptom of something happening in the world, of a longing we have that we can't really put into so many words.
When I look at it this way I know that even if it was to cease to exist, another expression of whatever the spirit is would take it's place. The Genie is out of the bottle, wearing fur, and wandering the desert with a camelback and a stupid grin on his face.
Buddha wasn't a Christian, but Jesus would have made a good Buddhist