In an earlier post I talked about how naturism is a deviant practice in reference to the modern world in which I and many other naturists find ourselves. When I say deviant, I am not declaring a state of immorality or evilness. Rather, I am strictly talking about the practice of naturalism within the context of the modern western world, especially that of Northern America. The larger society is phobic about keeping clothing on regardless of the weather and activity conditions. Common sense is not a consideration. I like how Thomas Moore looks at the term deviancy as “veering off the straight line.”
“Humans often have a preference for straight lines. We think of evolution and human development as following an uncrooked path toward perfection. We expect our neighbors to walk the straight and narrow”.
Religion somehow, likely through the process of falling into and growing power in a world that was ripe for exploitation, began to believe its own messages which were created to increase and solidify its power, messages which basically said to give up personal autonomy in favour of the collective ruled by the Church. In accepting the authority of the Church as the true and only mediator between the Divine and self, people learned to be sheep. Tolerance of the outliers, those who didn’t fit too well into the role of sheep was lost and in its place, grew a fear that the collective would suffer for the actions, the straying away from the straight and narrow. The Church reinforced this collective believe blaming all the misfortunes of life and nature on the presence of these outliers.
Today the church has been supplanted in power by the economy where the dollars are doled out to the sheep who follow the new straight and narrow, one that keeps the church as ally. Fear of being denied heaven has been replaced with fear of losing all the riches promised and given for following the straight and narrow. Heaven and earth – both at risk. No wonder there is no tolerance for those unable or unwilling to follow a straight line through life.
But some, find themselves circling through life like the seasons. A different reality, a different heaven catches the attention, a reality and heaven that isn’t based on fear. All that is asked is to honour the soul of the earth, the soul of humanity and one’s personal soul. Rather than retreat from confrontation with the dark moments, the tragedies, the storms and winter; we are invited, perhaps even required to get caught up in the seasons of life rather than spend all of our energy trying to go in a straight line to some dubious final destination.