We are blessed with some warm weather, what we have traditionally called “Indian Summer” here in Canada. I am not so worried about being “politically correct” with this terminology as I am considered part of the aboriginal family here, what is referred to as a Métis. That means, I have both Native Canadian (First Nations) and European ancestry, an interesting blend of French, Austrian, Mohawk, Ojibway (Chippewan), and likely Cree bloodlines.
Ancestry and Indian Summer aside, I have a more serious topic in mind for today’s post. What angers me most is the attitudes of law and religion towards the natural human body. This news from the UK:
“Former Royal Marine Stephen Gough was found guilty by a jury at Winchester Crown Court of breaching an anti-social behaviour order which bans him from taking off his clothes in public.”
This verdict has resulted in adding another two and a half years to his already served eight years for simply wanting to live “naturally.” Stephen Goughs’ persistence in living his belief has earned him the Spanish Human Rights Prize. Thnk about it, he has served more time in jail than many who have assaulted, murdered, or any number of other “serious” crimes. Somehow, this doesn’t bother too many people who simply respond that Gough must like being in jail because he continues to be naked.This then becomes Gough’s issue, not an issue of societal injustice, a typical “blame the victim” response. Ironically, there isn’t a law that makes it a crime to be unclothed in public. However,if someone becomes affronted with another person’s nudity, that affront or being offended (one’s peace of mind is disturbed) then a case can be made for a law being broken.
It’s enough to make a person want to . . . ah, but that’s the point. . . we all take turns being offended and no time at being compassionate and understanding. We are all naked in spite of our best efforts at cover-ups. We wear clothes, we wear roles, we wear authority, we find all manner of ways to separate ourselves from others that make us uncomfortable, including ourselves as we hide our bodies and refuse to look in the mirror, honestly. It is hard to be compassionate when we are offended by our own body and by anyone or anything outside of our body that challenges whatever belief system we choose to adopt. The problem is always reduced to others out there and never within ourselves.
It doesn’t bode well for the future of the human species if we can’t find a way to learn to love our “natural” self and the swarming multitudes of others.