The more I read and write about the subject of nudism, the more I come to the conclusion that a person isn’t meant to live their life naked.
Why do I believe that?
This is why:
Being naked feels good. We (i.e., human beings) all know that.
Because we are all naked at least once in our life. We are born naked. We get naked in order to bathe. We get naked in order to have sex. You don’t have to live your life naked to realize that it feels good to climb out of your underwear.
But: We are made for more than feeling good — we are made for more than pleasure.
I found an example of this truth in, of all things, Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989).
Kiki’s Delivery Service is about a 13-year-old witch named Kiki who, because of tradition, must leave home for a year in order to find her vocation.
One aspect of Kiki’s character is her dislike for the black clothes that she must wear: an aspect of her identity as a witch.
So, how does Kiki’s Delivery Service illustrate the truth that a person is not meant to always experience the pleasure of not wearing clothes?
Because Kiki must wear clothes in order to do her duty. She, like all of us, must put aside what she wants to do (not wear black clothes) in order to be able to do what she needs to do (find and master a skill).
This doesn’t mean that a person can’t enjoy going naked. Like I said a moment ago: It feels good to be naked. And there are situations were it’s OK to experience the good feelings that come with being naked. For example: When it’s hot outside and people either don’t mind if you go naked, or you are alone.
But: Naked is not meant to be your default state of being. You are not meant to always experience the pleasure of feeling the wind between your legs and the sun on your skin. You are also meant to roll up your sleeves and get to work, doing your duty, whatever your duty is. (Genesis 2:15)
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