Friday, January 21, 2011

What is the purpose of clothing?

Hello Everyone:
I recently got myself into an argument regarding the odd and perverse morality of Americans, at a collective whole. Specifically, the graphic nature of our entertainment in regard to violence and moral depravity - like lies, cheating, stealing, etc., and the paranoia about letting a bit of skin show. It's an argument I've had before. But, being a curious type, I goobled the title of this post. This is the first answer I got: Well so you wouldn't run around everywhere naked, what do you think they are for, huh ? Alternate answer. The use of clothing probably originated in the need to provide protection from weather conditions and to protect the body from sharp thorns and grasses etc. Nowadays the major reason for continuing to wear clothes is convention, after all you are unlike to encounter adverse weather conditions or sharp thorns in the comfort of your own home and yet most people still wear their clothes there, even when they are alone and there is no one else who they could offend. (Answers.com)
Well, it's 8 degrees with the little f here today -- and in celcius, that reads "blimy it's cold". So, anyone who is not wearing clothing today is less likely to be thought a rebel and more likely to be thought an ice-cicle. And yet, there was an odd statement there; notice the last sentence from Answers. Can I let that slide? Hmm. Ok, for now, but you all know what I'm thinking.
So, this first pic, making the rounds from ClothesFree.com, and the next, from where-? deals with the concepts of uniform. It also brings about a question for those with a military past: In the showers, where everyone is naked, do you still have to salute?
Personally, I think this uniform would have kept Star Trek in the top 10 for much longer. Still, a favorite show.
Ok, forgetting that Peter Parker wouldn't need a bike...
is SpiderMan still SpiderMan without the fancy outfit? Or, is it that we only know it's SpiderMan because of the outfit. If someone went flying through New York shooting webs out of their hands yet completely naked, would we wonder if that was SpiderMan? So, the uniform is only to define our role and rank? Why? And does this clown still bring a smile, without the whole suit?
The Human Body is one of the most beautiful and complex creations ever. We are blessed with the finesse and dexterity of hands that can sculpt masterpieces of art, build monuments of stone, and evoke ecstacy from our partners. Our mind is capable of outstripping - at least until very recently - the very best computers in such areas as chess and Jeopardy. We can run and walk a horse into the ground. Voices that can reproduce melodies of such granduer....ie: Libera. And, in a pinch, be the canvas of even more art.
This strong and adaptable creation is capable of being at peace with the rest of creation. We can commune with the earth, feel the life around us, and swat mosquitos off our willy.
Is there a better image of being at peace? So why is it that this should be offensive? Clothing is a tool, a garb, a thing we put on to protect that which is most beautiful. In the right frame, clothing can be beautiful; like any art, the textile arts are very alive. But, in the end, it is throwing a tarp over a work of art that is far beyond our scope. And, perhaps that is the reason it offends...because it is not so easily copied. Oh, we can make little reproductions, but we don't exactly have the means of doing so on our own...just copying technique from the Master.
Ok, now this is just silly.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

amen.... i could never figure out why people get so upset with nudity... with the possible exception of a naked 350 pounder...hahaha... i think the problem is too many people in this country relate nudity with sex....the truth is you don't have to be naked to have sex and you don't have to have sex when your naked.... sigh

Bern

randy said...

Hi Bern;
I keep coming back to the story in Genesis where Adam and Eve were hiding...because they were naked. And God asked; Who told you that you were naked?....in my mind asking, who told you that was bad? Somewhere clothing became an obligation to others rather than a means to protect one's own body. It's an odd custom, given thought and consideration. There's only two possible forms, why should we be surprised or offended?
Thanks for the comment, Bern. Wonderful to hear from you again. hugs. randy.

Anonymous said...

What are clothes for?
Most for money-making.
Children are told from earliest youth to buy nice fashion and this sa often as able.
buy - buy - buy....
Nikki

randy said...

Hi Nikki;
I never really put it together that way, but you are right. There is big money behind pushing certain expectations and "moral codes". It's the whole "Star-bellied Sneetches" (Dr. Suess) thing. "Not only must you where clothes, but you will ONLY look good in ______." Great point. Thank you for your addition. randy.

randy said...

Hey Nikkii;
I no more than hit the
post comment' button and thought more about what you said. I recall some time back shopping for shoes. I noticed baby shoes there, and had to laugh...these were sized for infants, too young to even walk more than a step or two. Nike $50. Ha! Thank you for sucha great addition!

randy said...

Dang it Nikki, you really got this in my mind now. Have you ever noticed that little kids are most happy when they escape the clutches of parents and run naked and free? Maybe that should say something right there in its own. Wow, you really have me thinking on this one. r.