There is a possibility that many of us, in the world, do not know about the “Burning man festival” of United States. But this year, there is a good reason for everyone to know about it. Before anything, first let’s talk about what this happening festival is all about! If you want to explore your strength and yourself then “Burning Man” is the right event for you. It’s a week long event that takes place in the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada, United States. The event organizes a temporary city for the burners, from all the corners of world, without much of the amenities. You are left at what you bring along. You learn to adapt yourself amid the scarce resources without compromising with the joy quotient. You actually enjoy the freedom of expression here and explore your artistic creativity sometimes by creating a costume of straws or by making an umbrella of waste materials.
And yes, Burning Man is actually burning an effigy so just RELAX! Now try to relate the event with the prevailing condition of the world today. The condition that raises question at one’s understanding of one’s nationality and sense of humanity. I believe you know what condition am I talking about. Yes, it’s the feeling of hatred that is advancing speedily among everyone of us. The prevailing condition is no less than a World War since every other country, in a direct or indirect way, is involved in this war full of hatred. The hatred because of which one is killing the other and the hatred that we feel for those who commit such butchery.
With people coming from all walks of life, this event instills in you a sense of community. A community that never asks what part of the world you belong to, a community where each member is always ready to help the other with what they have and the other doesn’t have. This week-long event is like a big family picnic where the members relish in peace and harmony, keeping alive their spirit and zeal. The way these members manage with the scarce resources, would remind you of the Barter system. But NO! You don’t sell things to your family members, you share! This Sharing is actually the aspect that makes this event possible. There’s no peace in the world but the world created here, is one that we envisage as UTOPIA. So, if we can live happily with unknown people around, for so many days why not always.
Today, we all have everything still we fight for a piece of land and this piece of land lacks everything. Still peace resides here, at the event! How? Why? Think! Why can’t we make this community possible at a larger level? Why can’t we see the whole world as a big community, a community which is no less than a family? What is this Israel-Palestine conflict for? Why so many innocent lives are in danger? Why in Iraq a journalist, far away from his family, was beheaded so brutally? Why people can’t live like a group but can form a group like ISIS?? What has made the situation so worse that we can’t avoid discussing such depressing elements? No matter, whether you are in the war inflicted area or not, you get affected mentally and emotionally. Can’t we learn anything from this “Burning Man festival”? Doesn’t it symbolize what we lack today?
Asked so many questions. Someone please answer! Let’s just utilize this event, this time for spreading a message of community, humanity across the planet. Make sure that the effigy that you burn this time symbolize nothing but Hatred, Enmity, Terror, Fear and all those evil aspects that shouldn’t ever be the part of human beings.