Thank you, and more thoughts on the human body

Note #1: This post is me expressing my personal opinion. If you are angered or offended by anything I say in this post, let me know by commenting on it and we can talk about it. Also: The reason I say this is that I can’t read others’ minds — I don’t know how a person will react to what I write, no matter how pure my intent is. So I just want anyone reading this to know: It’s not my intent to offend or anger you, I’m just explaining my thoughts on a subject.

Note #2: This post contains artistic depictions of male and female nudity.

Thank you to everyone who “Liked”, or is following my blog now, because of these three posts:

My Thoughts on Nudism

Reaching out to nudists

A message to nudists

I never expected these posts of mine to get the amount of feedback that they did. And I want to thank everyone who commented, too. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the subject of nudism.

For the longest time, the nudist lifestyle came across as strange to me. “Why would anyone want to naked?” or “Isn’t it hard to see a naked person as a human being and not as an object for enjoyment?” I wondered. But thanks to the feedback I’ve gotten, I now have answers to these questions.

The reason I wrote these posts is to empathize with others — gain an understanding of why people think or act the way they do.

Empathy is something that I think the world needs more of nowadays. So many barriers that exist between people, I think, could be torn down if people considered life from another’s perspective.

There will never be peace on Earth. We’re too imperfect for everyone to get along at all times. But empathy, I think, is the key to a more stable peace between human beings.

Other thoughts:

The naked body, on its own, is not pornographic.

David

Yes, Adam and Eve hid their nakedness from each other after they’d eaten the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil because they were afraid that, in their nakedness, one would take advantage of the other and see the other as a means to an end and not as a human being.

Eve in the Garden of Eden by Anna Lea Merritt

And it can be hard to a look at a person who is naked and think “He (or she) is a human being. Not a toy for my genitals.” After all, no one is perfect: We all mess up and make mistakes.

But, God saw everything he had created, including the human body, and said it was “very good.” (Genesis 1:31)

The human body becomes pornographic when the person who is looking at it uses it as a means to get sexually excited: When a person reduces another to the body parts that give them pleasure.

Pornography must be fought. It is dehumanizing and, ultimately, unsatisfying.

The inherent goodness of the body, and that people are more than their bodies, must be proclaimed.

Only then, I think, will the human body not be seen as something dirty or shameful, but as “very good.”

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8 thoughts on “Thank you, and more thoughts on the human body

  1. Thank you for taking on this subject and sharing your thoughts on the matter in such a reasonable manner. I really love the last two lines of this post. I have recently shared this concept on our site. With your permission I would like to quote it and reblog this post.

  2. Living in Tempe, I thought “Yikes, Tim might live nearby”. I’ve been liking your stories plus other posts. I also lean liberal, tho not fanatic on any subject. Was reading a bit on line about F. Nietzsche and his take on “What is Truth?”.

    1. Glad you like reading my posts.

      A writer loves to hear their writing is enjoyed. 🙂

      I’ll have to take a look at F. Nietzsche’s writing one of these days. I’ve heard it’s thought-provoking stuff.

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