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| This cutting but hilarious Burning Man parody by Quiznos has been doing     |
| the rounds, and it's not far off the mark (the human car wash that they     |
| refer to in the video is part of my camp!). As I was leaving for Burning    |
| Man one of my Facebook friends (you know who you are) jibed "I didn't know  |
| you were a hippie, Jeremy!" and I responded, "Maybe I'm attending           |
| ironically".                                                                |
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| But it's not quite as simple as that; as someone who has always dreamed of  |
| better, fairer ways of ordering the world's affairs, I can share much of    |
| the Burning Man ethos (at least for a week), even if my youthful idealism   |
| is running pretty low by now. And stereotypes aside, that's what being a    |
| hippie is really all about, rather than just flouting convention for its    |
| own sake.                                                                   |
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| To give a concrete example, it struck me during some of the workshops that  |
| I attended that what we're doing with relationships is actually pretty      |
| radical; you can argue that things like polyamory are just harking back to  |
| an earlier form of social ordering, but what about consent culture (eg.     |
| asking permission before you even so much as hug someone), and              |
| roll-your-own gender pronouns? Relationships were never like that before,   |
| but we promote that ideal because we think we can do better (and maybe we   |
| can).                                                                       |
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| Despite my healthy dose of cynicism, I did bring back some tools and        |
| learning to the "default world" when I returned from the desert this week.  |
| Some of them I'll keep, some I'll discard, and some I'll file away for      |
| further development on my next burn. You can check out my photos of         |
| Burning Man here. They only scratch the surface, of course - Burning Man    |
| is so many different things, that you can make of it whatever you want it   |
| to be. If you are into visual or performance art, or music, or sex, or      |
| drugs, or personal development, you could literally spend all of every day  |
| doing just that and bypassing everything else.                              |
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