I thought about this extensively on the way home from my first burn.
By definition (and there are multiple), as humans, especially at Burning Man, I believe we think of judgement as: an opinion or conclusion. I think it’s the finality of “judgement” that is regarded as a potential trap which the default world seems to have inspired us to lay in abundance.
So when me and Betty left our first burn, we created a Mantra for this.
- Resist judgements at first…
- …be patient and observe.
- Form decisions born out of love and positivity.
- Allow for yourself to evolve from these decisions.
I am occasionally conscious enough to notice us humans (read: myself) making quick judgements based on hair, color (skin, clothes, eyes, etc), clothes, style, politics, music choice, etc. And I think the idea of reserving judgement is that we as humans are programmed to “build a case” to support that judgement once it is made. It’s part of how we have survived all these (so few) years). I think the goal is to walk this human brain programming back a bit. E.G. I see catch myself judging people in front of the Robot Heart bus sometimes... “that girl must be a narcissistic model who couldn’t even name one BM principle.” (editor’s note: this was an actual thought by the author.) Turns out the girl is a super hot humanitarian who likes underground house and techno. Glad I reserved SOME judgement there, enough to learn more of this rather attractive human being’s story. ;)
Back to the spirit of your point. None of the principles are rules. Because in the playa or grand playa reality, they can only be followed 99.9% of the time even in the wildest dream scenario. After all, we’re humans...