Long, long ago, in a faraway land two friends and I were eating pizza in the kitchen in the wee hours of the morning. None of us was wearing a stitch of clothing. When I relate this story, I’m of often asked, “Why?” My answer is always, “Because we were hungry, of course.” Invariably, the response to that is, “No, why were you naked?”
At that particular time and in that particular place we didn’t see any reason to be wearing clothes. To not be naked seemed superfluous in that situation. It was simply casual nudity among friends although, admittedly, we had only known our female companion but a few hours before we shared a pizza with her. I believe making friends is easier when you’re nude, there’s one less barrier that you have to overcome.
Charlie Hebdo and Naturism ~ Stéphane Deschênes, Bare Oaks Blog
The article doesn’t so much relate naturism to the Charlie Hebdo attack as it talks about intolerance of views contrary to your own and taking offense to opinions, life choices and behaviors that you don’t embrace.
Blasphemy and offence only exist when people who consider the ideas, words or images being expressed as blasphemous and offensive. These are not universal values. What offends one person is meaningless to someone else. …
Fundamentally, we should not prevent people from saying and doing things that don’t impact the liberty of others — even if it is offensive to some. To a naturist, being nude is natural. It does not impact anyone else other than causing offence to some. …
If it does not limit someone else’s freedom, what a person says, does or wears should not be subject to restrictions just because it might offends others. Offence is very personal and should stay that way in a free and democratic society.
Stéphane Deschênes, Charlie Hebdo and Naturism, Bare Oaks Blog, 17 January 2015
Mr. Deschênes’ words echo my belief that taking offense is always a personal choice. You always have an option. You can take the perceived blasphemy, insult, or breach of social conformity and be offended. Or you could ignore it, or you can accept it. If the perceived offence doesn’t cause harm to anyone or infringe upon the rights or liberties of anyone, then what’s the big deal? No one has the right to not be offended. It doesn’t exist and the illusion that it exists is illogical. In a free and democratic society, the right to potentially offend someone actually pre-empts the illusion that they have a right not to be offended.
A conceptual view of how nipple radiation might appear were it visible, One can conceive how this radiation hitting the retinas of an average human being might disrupt the ability to think rationally.
For more information, see: Nipple Radiation
Lately, I’ve been reading some great nudist articles and blogs that I’ve found via Twitter and Facebook and rather than just add them to my blogroll, I decided it was time to go through and clear out the dead links. In my list were a lot of nudist blogs that are still on the Net but haven’t been active in a year or two. They still have some good posts and information so I grouped them together in a new category, Old Blogs.
Nudity is our default and natural state. We all entered the world in that state and we felt no shame or embarrassment as we saw our first light and took our first breath. As we grew older we learned how to feel shame and embarrassment about our bodies from our parents, our teaches, our churches, our media, and from our culture in general.
There is, however, a place deep inside each of us where we remember our innocence, our freedom, our natural state. In this place we intuitively know that any alteration to our natural state (i.e., clothing) is an aberration. Unless the addition of garments is a necessity for warmth or for protection from the elements and hazards, the choice to cover our natural state is likely either a compromise or vanity (satisfaction of the ego).
Our natural unclothed bodies are not, in and of themselves, in any way offensive, shameful, sinful, repulsive, or degrading. These adjectives are applicable only to behavior and reflect our own fears, inadequacies, and insecurities. Using them to shame or degrade a fellow human being is an attempt to project our fears, insecurities, inadequacies, prejudices, and our ignorance upon others. The shaming of others is a reflection of the shame we feel toward ourselves.
When I did my home yoga practice at home the other day, I started it wearing a T-shirt and a pair of shorts. After just one sun salutation, I had to stop and remove them. Wearing clothing just felt so distracting and restrictive. Once nude, I continued with my practice. The clothing was just one more veil, one more obstacle, to overcome. My inner guru has no need for clothing.
“You know, it’s good not to wear clothes.” — Maharaj-ji (Neem Karoli Baba)
This morning I read Time to STOP Being “Naked & Afraid!” on An Outgoing Nudist – My Naked Life & Dreams. I thought it was an excellent article.
Nudity is definitely not shocking or even arousing. The longer I live and promote the lifestyle, I think as a society we need to simplify things and take a more practical approach to nudity and even sex. I think that everything that “exists” is normal, so there’s no need to make such a big fuss. If I could, I would take it a step further and say, that I believe we should let everyone have their dignity and do what they enjoy most! I also would like to live in a place/society where that idea doesn’t stop with naked recreation, but have the same attitude towards sexual orientation, race, etc. – EVERYONE is ACCEPTED just as they are!
I certainly agree, that as a society, and as individuals, we need to simplify and take a more practical approach to everything. We have over-complicated our lives with technology, beliefs, politics and all the drama we bring into our lives. Life doesn’t have to be complicated. It’s only complicated because we make it so.