This could be a good description of Burning Man – a festival that takes place every year year in Nevada, for the 31 years already.
It’s a festival where non commercialism and nine more principles make up its core. I’ve decided to write this blog entry after my first visit there.
The way participants are encouraged to be a part of a greater cause, to be more social, helpful and not judgmental of other people’s choices, combined with the complete lack of commercialism, contradicts the contemporary competitive american lifestyle. That is in my opinion, one of the main festival’s appealing factors.
Another principle which I found very easy to relate to is called ‘Leave no trace’, or as the locals call it LNT. The basic idea is to encourage self responsibility. Everybody should make sure they leave nothing behind. By the time the festival is over, the desert goes back to what it was before. Almost no trace of human activity is left behind. This takes place every year.
I am sure that many philosophers, psychologists and anthropologists have written many essays about this Burning Man phenomena, which also takes place in other countries worldwide… Read more here