As autumn passes, every year, for seven days, a little section of the Karoo, a desert in most respects, erupts to life with joviality, enthusiasm, expression, as people come together in an experiment of change, and of evolution. Eleven principles guide this event, underlying values that help people bred in a society governed by fear and shame, to adapt and shed some of the baggage that weighs them down. These principles are reduced to bite-sized nuggets, easy to remember and observe. This book takes those nuggets and burrows into them, scrutinising and analysing each principle, uncovering its core and exposing it beyond the boundaries from whence it was born.
The 11 principles that underlie the event known as AfrikaBurn (and its parent, Burning Man) serve to help us all better people and live better lives in a world that had lost its humanity in favour of commercial gain. These principles are best observed while at the week-long event out in the harsh environment of the Karoo, a desert area in South Africa. Many burners revel in the community that comes together, connecting with people who care, easily befriending and being befriended, living with heart, in a society that allows you to just be you.
Often the emotional high achieved in this week of freedom and joyful play is counteracted with the harshness on daily living once burners return to the world outside of the desert, a world still governed by money over love and comradery.
This book explores the principles that have become synonymous with Burning Man-type events around the world, and looks at how we can make them a part of our regular life, and takes a step toward creating a new default world outside the borders of the events themselves.
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