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Burning Life hardly sets me on fire, if you’ll pardon the expression. The one I most enjoyed was in 2005. At that time, BL represented concentrated awesome.

True self-expression, however, happens when you don’t really think anyone’s watching. Sating your appetite for awesome is as simple as spending a couple hours randomly teleporting around the grid. There are wonders, and you’ll see them – and they’re all the more satisfying for not being packed shoulder-to-shoulder.

Compared to what I can discover and enjoy on the grid in a just a relatively brief jaunt, hopping from island-to-island on the map, BL seems like a pale shadow of Second Life… Just a tiny slice of the thousands of pockets of creativity the grid has to offer. And next week? By then, chunks of it will have changed.

Second Life outshines Burning Life many times over.

Philip Rosedale seems to think that the “Burning Man” era of Second Life is coming to a close.

I don’t know about that. That isn’t what I see.

What I do know is that Burning Life seems to be the very antithesis of Burning Man. It turns almost everyone into a spectator, not a creator. For most visitors, Burning Life is something that you check out, not something that you create.

A comparatively small percentage of people create it – and don’t mistake me, many of them are wonderfully talented people. Almost everyone who attends though, is just a tourist – visiting the crazy art show, and seeing it all, before it gets shut down again for another year.

That’s just not the Burning Man spirit. I think we’re letting ourselves down and missing the forest for the trees.

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