Nudity: The state or fact of being naked.
Despair: The complete loss or absence of hope.
Is there a link between despairing and being naked?
Why am I asking that question?
Because: A few days ago, I was having a bad day. (I’m feeling better now.) I typed in “despair” in Google because I was looking for a picture to put in that blog post in order to help me convey my feelings. And I saw a lot of pictures representing despair that included nudity.
And I thought: Why? Why is having no hope associated with having no clothes?
The reason I thought this is because I write about nudism.* From people commenting on my posts about nudism, sharing the experiences they’ve had not wearing clothes, I have read of how going naked has brought people peace, joy, and freedom. So it was a shock to see nudity be associated with a lack of peace, a lack of joy, and a lack of freedom.
But, now that I think more about it, it shouldn’t surprise me.
Why? This is why:
I’m a Catholic. I believe that evil exists.
But I don’t believe that evil can go mano-a-mano with good. Evil is just a corruption of good.
Like how the Orcs in Lord of the Rings…
…are nothing more than a corruption of Elves.
Inferior in every way.
What is my point? This:
Evil (for example: thoughts of despair) is nothing more than a corruption of good (for example: thoughts of hope).
God created the human body and said it was “very good” (Genesis 1:31), and it was God’s original plan that we would all be naked and not ashamed. (Genesis 2:25)
So: When evil wants to get us, it can’t make its own things and attack us with them. All it can do is corrupt what has already been created. For example: Evil can’t create a body to attack us with, all it can do is try and make us hate the body we have.
That is where, I think, a link between nudity and despair comes from.
A person who is despairing has lost all hope. A person who is naked has returned to the state that they were created in — un-clothed. In both cases, a person has been stripped. Stripped of hope, and stripped of clothes that provide protection and comfort. The loss of one (clothes) is symbolic of the loss of another (hope).
In the Bible, a loss of hope (despair) means a need to cover up.
When Adam and Eve eat the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and they feel shame for the first time, and despair because they realize what they’ve done, their first action is to clothe themselves. (Genesis 3:7)
Being naked is no longer symbolic of paradise.
Being naked is symbolic of the emotions felt as a result of the action that got us kicked out of paradise.
*I am not a nudist, but the reason I write about nudism is because I am worried that nudists are people who are swept under the rug — ignored, or treated like outcasts. I want everyone to be respected and loved. And so I write about nudism to say “People who go naked exist. People who go naked shouldn’t be ignored. Why? Because Jesus wouldn’t ignore anyone.” For more about why I write about nudism: Modesty and Nudism