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Wednesday, September 12th, 2001

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9:50a
OK THAT IS ENOUGH
I signed up for BURNING MAN community because it had to do something to do with BURNING MAN.

All the rambling posts about America's latest problems I can do without!!!

Current Mood: bitchy
9:52a
New York's Bravest
originally posted in my own LJ, i thought it was relevant enough to cross-post here

I�ve always had a thing about firefighters.

You can say what you like about cops. There are good cops and bad cops. I�ve run into quite a few of the latter, and I�m not quite cynical enough to believe the former are a total myth. But firefighters are different. No one really gets into firefighting as some kind of ego trip. I can�t think of any motivation that would drive someone to risk his or her life day after day to do that other than a sincere desire to save lives. Even though they are out there where we need them when we need them every day, you never hear much about firefighters unless there�s a huge fire or other disaster. They just go out there and do their fucking job, and their fucking job just happens to involve running into burning buildings to save people and stop fires from spreading and destroying our homes and other buildings. I can�t help but be moved by that sort of everyday courage, and I can�t help but feel a quiet sort of awe towards them. Whereas I�ve always rolled my eyes a bit at the idea that the cops are supposedly �New York�s Finest,� I would emphatically agree that the fire dept have earned the moniker �New York�s Bravest.�

So the large number of firefighter deaths, especially those who went in to the towers after the plane crashes and were caught in the collapses, has been one of the things that�s been hitting me. I keep picturing the funeral service in my head: flag-draped coffin after flag-draped coffin, by the hundreds. It boggles the mind.

I was thinking of that when a memory hit me from a place that now seems so far away, a place that no longer exists except as a memory.

Meg and I had been on something of a quest all day, through the Seven Stages of Life as envisioned by the people who organized Burning Man. Meditating on the beauty of the Black Madonna as the gateway to the mysteries of creation, playing ball and spinning on cages, working our way through a somewhat surreal maze built on the playa, scribbling our painful memories and burdens onto the walls of a giant wooden mausoleum scheduled to burn� other stops, other experiences, put me into a very quiet and thoughtful sort of mood that afternoon out on the central playa, away from the bustle of the City.

We had come to the end of our little quest not long before sunset. We followed the sunset procession up the promenade, watching the white-robed lamplighters solemnly hang their lanterns to light the way to the Man for the night. I remember reaching the steps of the Temple upon which the Man stood after the procession passed it by. The dust being blown over the white steps is particularly vivid in my mind. We climbed over the steps and circled around to the Temple entrance on the side and waited for our turn to climb up inside to the observation deck under the man�s feet, our chance to watch the sunset and the moonrise over Black Rock as the flashing lights and neon of the Esplanade came up.

When we did get inside, the guide who greeted us went to great lengths to impress upon us the reverence that the people who built and maintained the Man held for the space we were going to enter, and in my case at least, they succeeded. The Man is the heart of Burning Man. It�s difficult to overstate that. He stands at the center of the City and is the point by which direction on the utterly formless playa is determined. The City stands while he stands, and after he�s destroyed, it begins to fade back into desert to wait to be built again as he is brought back. And so, when we stood there inside the Man�s pedestal, at risk of getting all New Agey here, we were standing at the spiritual center of the whole thing.

It was at that point when I looked up and saw that the Man, built to burn, had a dedication plaque. Last night, I was walking to the local AM/PM to get something to drink when the memory of that small plaque leaped out at me. I completely lost it right there on the sidewalk.

It read something to the effect of the following:


DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF ALL THE FIREFIGHTERS WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES IN THE COURSE OF DUTY IN THE PAST YEAR

10:01a
Maybe I wasn't CLEAR the first time
I signed up for BURNING MAN community because it had to do something to do with BURNING MAN.

All the rambling posts about America's latest problems I can do without!!!

SO STOP THE MOURNING, MEMORIALIZING ON A COMUNITY THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS ISSUE. I am sure there are new communities for the WTC and Pentagon. GO FIND THEM.

WHERE IS THE MODERATOR FOR THIS LIST???!!!! Can you not do something??
I am not heartless, I am just tired of it and did not sign up to read every bleading hearts whine or concern for people.

Current Mood: angry
11:26a
The tragic events
Yesterday was a terrible day for Americans, it was more terrible for some than we will ever be able to imagine.

Some wonderful communities have been started for the disaster of yesterday:

usunderattack

wtcdisaster

CircleK

These communities have been set up to handle all of the news, the grief, and the information regarding yesterday's horrible events.

It is time for us to place our issues on the topic there. We need to begin the healing process and go on with our lives.

Please - we don't not need flame wars on this community. The topic is indeed regarding Burning Man in respects to the event the week of labor day and all of the year-round events surrounding that community. It is about peace, love, and joy.

You may think I am heartless and cold. Believe me, this is not the case. I have volunteered and have gotten information out regarding yesterday's event. But the media overload is going to affect people negatively and there needs to be escape and some sense of normalcy. Of course, things aren't just as they were before yesterday.....
Part of the healing process though is dealing with the horrendous loss and moving on.

With respect to ALL members of the community, I request that we resume the topic of Burning Man and all things regarding Burning Man.

PLEASE STOP ALL OF THE HATE FLAMES THAT ARE GOING ON......That is most certainly NOT the spirit of Burning Man. Flinging mud back and forth isn't going to help anyone.

Thank you!
1:22p
I did not read responses to a previous message here, but I will make a comment.
Burning Man is about community.
The lifestyle we live while at Burning Man should, indeed, extend in to the rest of the world, especially in the time of crises, such as New York and Washington DC's.
To say that Burning Man is not about these events means that the event we know as Burning Man is not being fully understood.

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