To open my column this week, I want to clarify I am not now nor have I ever been a nudist or exhibitionist, though I do not judge those who are. I am speaking here of covert nudity within the acceptable confines of ones home. I think it’s quite freeing and I think it could help a lot of overly conservative people out there hindering our growth as a civilized society. It’s also partly a metaphor like “the naked truth.” It’s about having an open mind.
Just because you don’t see them, don’t assume people aren’t stripping behind closed doors. We Americans are stifled in our entertainment, our lifestyle choices, and in our ability to have and hold opinions that deviate from the norm. I’ll bet you more and more Americans are walking around naked inside to cope.
Damien Riley is a blogger and podcaster who writes a column at RileyCentral.net once a week. He has an MA in English from California State University, Fullerton, he married a princess (now his queen) and together they have 3 children.
As far as our entertainment goes, we are given only that which Netflix allows us, or a smattering of smaller streaming companies offer. Sure, we can pay for virtually whatever we want on Amazon and see it via the computer, but none of the middle and lower class has the money to see all the films and entertainment we want to see. It isn’t cost-effective with our budget. So, we watch what we are told is good and then we have to walk around naked to have a feeling of freedom that we really just didn’t get.
There have been bath houses through civilization. Men entered them to have sex with other men. They may not exist so brazenly as they did back in Roman days and before, but I guarantee you people are sleeping together in their backyards and bed behind closed doors. I think of this as America’s “naked state.” I truly hope the fundamentalists and conservatives of our day our walking around naked in their homes. When you feel that freedom it has to open your mind. Unfortunately, so many people who shrink at the idea o being naked may not ever get to feel that freedom. That’s a crying shame.
In lifestyle choice, we are encumbered by religious folks. These people claim they have the right to judge homosexual people as sinners. This is in fact the way some people fall in love, the way they are wired to. Some of these people say they love Jesus. I say that is quite a bit more odd that they love a person who died 2000 years ago and who they never met than when a gay couple gals in love. This is why people walk around naked at home. It’s barbaric out there with religious people these days. People need to feel free, people need a release.
Wallace Stevens presents the kind of morning I wish to have on a Sunday. I don’t want to be trapped by images of a sepulcher . Instead I want to be freed by squirting oranges I peel by hand as I embrace the now. His poem is called ‘Sunday Morning,’ if you haven’t enjoyed it I highly recommend it.
Opinions always run high during times of presidential debates. Lately, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have fed the fires of hate on both sides. I personally hesitate to share my views on social media or on my blog although sometimes I deem it helpful to my rhetoric. I believe in being transparent when it helps my facade.
I know we value church in America along with a strong military and education curriculum that treats every kid the same but we really need other things. We need the stuff you think of when you’re naked. To some my premise is absurd but have you tried it on a regular basis. Obviously only try it when the kids are not around and no one can see you. I personally feel there would be less war if American could walk around naked more. I would love to do it more. When I get the chance, I can tell a lot of things start to make a lot more sense. There are too many masks in America. Perhaps if we were naked more often, we could see to declare the emperor has no clothes, or rather maybe he doesn’t need them.