The Temple at Burning Man is different things to different people, but for most of us it's a place of deep feeling. I hesitate to call it spirituality because that's not what it is to me, but it is for many. What it certainly is for me is the only "church", if you'd like to think of it that way, that has ever meant anything to me.
I don't go to the Temple to worship any god or supernatural being, though. I come to immerse myself in the humanity of the people around me. It's so very raw and heartfelt at the Temple. Rarely in life are you physically surrounded by so many people collectively experiencing such deep, heartfelt emotions, and rarely do I feel as human as I do there.
The fact that people are not 'just' experiencing emotion, but also leaving memories, wishes, and mementos of their own behind magnifies the experience and increases the connection I feel to my fellow man while there. I feel as if I'm getting a glimpse into the genuine emotional lives of thousands of people while spending an hour or two at the Temple, reading what has been left, trying not to cry and failing miserably,
I've never felt that so strongly before - the Temple is simply that powerful to me. That's why I stepped in to help and have been working hard to help get if funded, built, transported to the playa, assembled, lit, and finally burned.
The Temple is by us and for us.
We still need to raise about $50k.
It's up to us to get it done.
If you're interested in a breakdown of costs for the Temple, see this post.
I'm Dr. Yes, Professor of Affirmatology. Just say yes, folks!