I used to view nudism as an “-ism” that needed saving. What do I mean by that? I mean this: I thought that, with my blog, I would usher in a, for lack of a better term, new era for nudism. That, as a result of reading my writing, it would suddenly click for people: “Oh. So this is what nudism is all about,” people would go. I now realize that was a prideful and grandiose thing to think. “Pride” is the vice that I struggle with the most. It’s the season of Lent — a time of examination, repentance, and improvement — and as a result I’m trying to be more humble.
In everything I have written, and will write, about the subject of nudism, my goal is to 1) explain why people choose to go naked, and 2) give people who are nudists more of an understanding of their lifestyle.*
I am not a nudist. I am an outsider looking in. I know that I won’t have a complete understanding of nudism until I myself go naked at least once. Going naked is not something that appeals to me. But it does appeal to a lot of people. So I write about it. To get my voice out there. Because I feel that I have something to say, and that it is my duty as a Catholic to say it.
I thought nudism needed “saving” until about a month ago, when I broke my rule about going on nudist blogs and read two posts — this and this. What I discovered from those posts, and a perusal of the blogs themselves, is this: Nudism is alive and well. “Alive” in the sense that there are a lot of people who are nudists, and “Well” in the sense that people are fighting to uphold the good in nudism (communal living in an Edenic environment) and purge the bad (exploitation, dehumanization, and abuse).
Nudism isn’t the sinking ship that I thought it was…
…but I hope that my voice can have a positive effect on people, and help the good aspects of nudism conquer the bad. Why am I concerned about the good aspects of nudism conquering the bad? These Bible verses are why: They are what motivate me:
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:21)
“…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8)
“Test all things. Hold fast to what is good.” (1 Thessalonians 5:21)
Whatever you did to the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did to me. (Matthew 25:40)
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*In my posts about nudism, I have received more than one comment that went something like this: “I hadn’t thought of it that way before.”