Burning World

Musings of a Meandering Mind
Acquaintance/family member who has never been to the burn:  Dani, isn’t burning man like some kind of huge drug orgy in the middle of the desert.
Me:  I guess it depends on what you want to do while you’re there…
Acquaintance/family member who has never been to the burn: Isn’t it also like a cult or something?
Me: There is a temple
Acquaintance/family member who has never been to the burn: I mean I heard—
Me: —Heard from who?
Acquaintance/family member who has never been to the burn: I just heard, you know, from a friend.
Me: Has that friend ever been?
Acquaintance/family member who has never been to the burn: No.  His friend has though.  Besides, I read about it on 4chan.
Me: So you heard from a friend that his friend went to the burn and this friend’s friend said it was some kind of drug-cult-sand-orgy?
Acquaintance/family member who has never been to the burn: Well…yea
Me: Ok
Acquaintance/family member who has never been to the burn: That doesn’t really answer my question.
Me: I can’t answer your question for you.
Acquaintance/family member who has never been to the burn: Why not, I hear you go every year.
Me: Yea. I do.
Acquaintance/family member who has never been to the burn: Then why don’t you know?
Me: Because I’m not your friend’s friend and I’m not you.  The burn is whatever you make of it.  You could ask fifty thousand burners what burning man is, and probably get fifty thousand different answers.  If you want that question answered, you need to go.

Acquaintance/family member who has never been to the burn:  Dani, isn’t burning man like some kind of huge drug orgy in the middle of the desert.

Me:  I guess it depends on what you want to do while you’re there…

Acquaintance/family member who has never been to the burn: Isn’t it also like a cult or something?

Me: There is a temple

Acquaintance/family member who has never been to the burn: I mean I heard—

Me: —Heard from who?

Acquaintance/family member who has never been to the burn: I just heard, you know, from a friend.

Me: Has that friend ever been?

Acquaintance/family member who has never been to the burn: No.  His friend has though.  Besides, I read about it on 4chan.

Me: So you heard from a friend that his friend went to the burn and this friend’s friend said it was some kind of drug-cult-sand-orgy?

Acquaintance/family member who has never been to the burn: Well…yea

Me: Ok

Acquaintance/family member who has never been to the burn: That doesn’t really answer my question.

Me: I can’t answer your question for you.

Acquaintance/family member who has never been to the burn: Why not, I hear you go every year.

Me: Yea. I do.

Acquaintance/family member who has never been to the burn: Then why don’t you know?

Me: Because I’m not your friend’s friend and I’m not you.  The burn is whatever you make of it.  You could ask fifty thousand burners what burning man is, and probably get fifty thousand different answers.  If you want that question answered, you need to go.

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