Nudity in a Non-Nude-Friendly World

Life is confusing and complicated for anyone who begins to think too much and thus find themselves out of the mainstream of society, the collective. It would be much simpler to simply reflect the social world in which a person finds themselves, through action and uncritical acceptance. If everyone is eating at Macdonald’s on Saturday afternoon, then it is right to eat at Macdonald’s on Saturday afternoon. If everyone is wearing blue jeans, it is right and proper to wear blue jeans – wearing black jeans is letting the inner rebel show and thus makes a person just a bit less trusted. Conformity is in.

A walk along a beach will show you that most young men are wearing board shorts for swim wear. As a result, younger males entering into adolescence decide that they “have to” have this type of swim wear. There is no chance that they would risk being laughed at for wearing swim trunks, speedos, or heaven forbid, nothing at all. As a result, most people are making decisions based on what they perceive will be acceptable to the collective. The last thing they will do is to base decisions on what they personally would prefer.

With the “World Naked Bike Ride” making its appearance in cities all over the world, the number of young people getting naked and riding tells us that if the culture permits and accepts nudity, there would be more nudity in daily life, by choice, by individual choice. As more enjoy body freedom, others watching from the sideline will be encouraged to experience being naked, even if only for a few moments in the privacy of their bedroom or bathroom.

The reality is that in spite of the WNBR, society is not nude friendly. Being nude, even at home, requires a leap of courage or a breakdown. Being nude in a non-nude-friendly world sets one on the edges, outliers of the main social fabric. And, this is not a bad thing.

To do the work, the psychological and spiritual work of becoming more conscious of self and others always takes one on a journey that is difficult. One can think of any number of stories in which an individual must suffer in order to win the prize of going home, or a golden fleece, or winning a coveted championship. All of these journeys take a person out of the safety of the collective.

2 thoughts on “Nudity in a Non-Nude-Friendly World

  1. This is well written and the points are well made and truthful. The modern-day fear of nudity is totally baffling but your points do go towards explaining the thinking of many. The picture you posted of WNBR is also a mystery to us. The exposure of the male penis is considered a horrible thing to see but here you see some very proper looking women lined up taking full frontal photos of these men. Although I would welcome the opportunity myself there is a lot of hypocrisy when it come to nudity. How do we explain this situation ?

    • Where there is opposition, there is fear of oneself.”what we reject out there is what we reject in ourselves, and what we reject in ourselves is what we reject out there.” [Pema Chodron, When Things Fall Apart]

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