I saw this quote from Plato and was reminded of how nudists can have a hard time making it clear to non-nudists that their reasons for going naked don’t have anything to do with sex:
What “…lies of their culture…” do nudists see beyond?
#1: The most important aspect of a person is their body.
#2: The pleasure the body can give is the most important thing in life.
#3: Nudity is synonymous with sex.
#4: The naked body is an inherently shameful, dirty thing.
I’m not saying that people who aren’t nudists aren’t capable of recognizing that these are lies — for example: because of my Catholic faith, I believe they’re lies — just that, as someone who isn’t a nudist:
I admire the fact that nudists recognize that the body is, to quote a Bible verse, “very good.” (Genesis 1:31)
I admire the fact that nudists want people to be seen as more than their body.
I admire the fact that nudists won’t stand seeing people be objectified.
I admire the fact that nudists want the naked body to no longer be seen as inherently pornographic.
Though nudity is a factor of pornography, it is possible to portray the naked body in a non-pornographic way.
Botticelli didn’t create The Birth of Venus in order to give men an erection.
When it comes to nudity — in art or in real life — context and intent need to be taken into account.
I believe that God is using nudism — using peoples’ desire to go naked — to teach:
To teach people to see themselves, and others, as more than their body.
To teach people that they are defined by what they do, not by how they look.
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