Part Three: The Road to Eleusis
Chapter 8 - Catch a Fire
Chapter 9 - Burning Down the House
Chapter 10 - Hedonic Engineering
Burning Man: it’s a unique thing, and hopefully Donald Trump doesn’t know it exists
How important is Burning Man after the event is over?
For the individual, it’s akin to the idea of an ayahuasca ceremony where people often say, “the real work is after the ceremony.” Integration of the inspiration is the “work”.
What about for the community or society at large? Burners without Borders, Black Rock Solar, and other indirect influences.
Because Burning Man is so inaccessible and inhospitable, attendance requires effort, planning, and intention, which fosters a grateful and positive community.
Summit Series: ski trip for the ultra successful
Mindfulness: it’s big business!
Yoga is bigger than football
The internet is doomed to be a tool of hegemony
Consequentialism vs. Intentionalism
Social media’s ability to divide populations in half in order to increase the marketable population of consumers, even more effective than 24 hour cable news
The term “conspiracy theory” was invented by the CIA
Weapons designed to turn us all into masturbating monkeys
Hedonic Engineering: get high with intention, and on a schedule that works best for you
“After the ecstasy, the laundry.”
Wabi Sabi - Japanese concept that values transience and imperfection
“The world is full of magic things patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” - William Butler Yeats
“Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.”
- Leonard Cohen