The Burning Man organizers go to great length to inform all potensial participants of
the nature of the event. They insist you read The Survival Guide, which is all over their
web site, and when you buy a ticket they send you a printed Survival Guide.
One fundamental concept is RADICAL SELF RELIANCE. They also spell out that PARTICIPANTS
ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN SURVIVAL, SAFETY AND COMFORT.
In everyday life, I'm agast at how careless people are -- how little they analyze their
immediate environment and act accordingly -- seemingly relying on "the system" to
keep them safe, or patch them up afterwards. At Burning Man, YOU are the system.
Burning Man is not for everyone.
That said, Burning Man DOES have an extensive emergency services department -
- first aid stations and so forth.
Besides all the official information on http://www.burningman.com
, their forum ("e-playa") is a
good source of information. It's huge; it makes ours look like fart in the desert.
An other amazing thing is how many different kinds of people participate in BM. ALL
kinds of people, you might say. I stumbled across the fact that there was a Quaker
"Friends Meeting" (church service) out there.
But Burning Man is definitely not for everyone.