Burning Man started as a kind of cathartic act, a spontaneous statement. It had the implicit symbolism of moving forward from an emotional stasis. However, the moment that first man burned on Baker Beach, it turned into something more.
People resonated with it, they wanted to be a part of it, and that is when it became something special. The bold act was the impetus for an entire community to form a group of people who wanted to share in the spark that lit their souls on fire, even if just for one week.