New Yorkers back from Burning Man won’t stop whining [Excerpts]
For Dina Kaplan, Labor Day weekend means camping out in the Nevada desert among 60,000 of her newly minted besties, finding her Zen among sunrise meditation sessions, outrageous costumes and a commitment to “human decency” at the annual, anything-goes Burning Man festival.
But…she’s finding it difficult to readjust to the real world as she returns to life in NYC. “You have cars honking at you, subway doors closing on you, and people’s MO is to serve themselves and not you. It’s very harsh — it’s very hard to leave Burning Man,” says Kaplan.
A number of New Yorkers, dissatisfied with their lives, flee westward every year for the weeklong festival known for its constant hugs and no-money mandate. But upon their return, many are experiencing palpable withdrawal symptoms as the transition proves tough for those who continue to see the mirage of Burning Man, even when back in Manhattan.
“You’re trying desperately to hold onto the good energy [of] Burning Man, but it is so hard to do that amid the bustle of NYC,” says Kaplan, who recalls an episode at the airport in which a fellow “Burner” jumped the cab line and hissed, “We’re not at Burning Man anymore.”
To cope, some Burners are hosting support groups masquerading as “decompression parties” around the city.
“When Burning Man is over, it’s like the day after Christmas. Suddenly it’s real life again,” says 28-year-old Anastasia Alt, who’s producing a “wellness retreat inspired by Burning Man” called Playa to the Pool, to be held…in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to help Burners relive the experience.
And, predictably, the post-Burning Man crash can be brutal. “It’s a little depressing to get back into the swing of things. Your perspective changes on what’s important,” she says, adding, “You have this amazing experience and connect so deeply with other people. Upon return you feel so hollow.”
(Lewak, “New Yorkers back from Burning Man won’t stop whining,” New York Post Online, 9/8/16).
[TBC: The discouragement experienced by these people only underscore the lack of truth exhibited at Burning Man. They gained nothing of eternal value at the festival and when they left brought nothing that brought hope. Another participant, in an article entitled “Why I am not going to Burning Man this year,” came to a conclusion: “We lack a moral center in our society, and we are rapidly caroming toward the abyss.” A secular article from the August 20, 2015 New York Times defines that abyss, referring to the "sex-infused drug depravity festival that Burning Man has become." The world has rejected its only “moral center.” Jesus said, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke:19:10). Four verses later in a parable, Jesus prophesied the rejection He would receive from humanity. “But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.”]