I often hear people (who have not attended) relay that “they heard that Burning Man has gotten too big and commercial.”
Well… it certainly isn’t an underground secret anymore.
And it definitely has gotten big.
But has it lost it’s magic? I don’t think so.
At 50K people, it is a real city.
And every city has a bad element. So even if that element is a teeny tiny percentage, it starts to become a significant amount.
And lawsuits and government agencies have curbed a large amount of gun-shooting, public sex lawlessness.
That being said, I doubt there is another place in the world where SO MANY amazing people put out such incredible amounts of creative efforts simply so that they can share with one another.
If there is, I would LOVE to go.
But the fact that Burning Man continues to exist and maintain a MASSIVE amount of craziness and inspiration? That is amazing.
Is it a candy-coated utopia?
Is it FILLED with people and art and interaction that would be considered isolated instances of Peak Experience anywhere else? Any time else?
If you are not amazed and joyful, walk 20 feet and something else will dare you not to be mind blown.
At least, that’s my experience. And this will be my 11th year.
Of course, every year, my real life attitudes migrate closer and closer to the ones that flourish within me on the Playa.
And so, year round, I connect to more people and events that become satellite “Burning Man” experiences.
Perhaps the raw fire of the early event has dimmed…
But the flames still blaze beautifully.