As a Pagan and a naturist, I tend to see things a bit differently. I have been reading some very interesting blogs and posts lately and It got me wondering.
Is a new world view really possible?
I don’t think many people would argue that the world is a bit broken. The only ones that may not think so are the rich who have everything they want. The vast majority of people struggle each day just to get by. It isn’t just economic either.
Since I’m a nudist, I’ll address nudity.
We live in a time that is an absolute paradox. One the one hand you can hardly watch an ad on TV that doesn’t have sex in it. Toilet paper ads might as well have scantily clad young females selling their brand of TP.
Movies and television shows are full of sex and partial, if not full, nudity. In this day and age, Mary Poppins would be topless!
However, high school locker rooms now have partitions so that student don’t have to see each other naked. Gyms and fitness centers rarely have people of the same gender showering together. Nudity in the locker room is a thing of the past. We are so body shamed that we can’t stand the idea of seeing or being seen. A child can’t play naked in the sprinkler without someone claiming that it is child pornography.
Lately, a beach that has been known as a clothing optional or nudist beach was closed down in New York. The same people that think nude sunbathing to be a perverted activity sit in front of their televisions and watch surgically enhanced actresses flaunt their bodies in clearly sexual scenes. They think nothing of it. Is this right?
As a Pagan, I will address spirituality.
It seems that the major religions have gone amok! If they aren’t outright killing each other, they are verbally abusing anyone who does not subscribe to their particular way of thinking. The religious right, no matter what religion, voices loud and clear what they think. It doesn’t matter that it harms others. It doesn’t matter that it may kill others. It is just about gaining power for their particular brand of God.
As a vegan/vegetarian I will address food.
Last week, my son and daughter-in-law applied for a program here in the US called WIC. It is supposed to help young women with children feed their children. You are given coupons to buy certain items of food. My son’a family is vegan and they found that WIC served them little good. The meat coupon was no good, the dairy coupon was no good, they couldn’t buy alternative milk unless they had a note from their Doctor stating their child was allergic to cow’s milk. They were give a coupon for six dollars worth of vegetables a month.
Now you don’t have to be vegetarian to know that we all should eat plenty of fruit and vegetables. We know that we should not eat as much meat as we do. Everyone knows the first thing your Doctor will tell you if your cholesterol is too high is to cut back on meat. So who funds the WIC program? Do you suppose it is the Meat and Dairy Association or does the program just not have a nutritionist on staff?
It is poor people that go to places like WIC for help and these same poor people are being given a diet that is unhealthy for them. Why? Do we purposely keep them eating at fast food places so that they will be sick and weak?
I read a post by Nimue Brown today talking about the way she sees things in her country, England. I agreed with most of what she said except for one small point. She said that,”The more pressure you put on the poorest in society, the less economically active they become.” Now I know what she meant when she said it, but there is a point when the poor become economically active.
They revolt. That’s right, they fight back.. They drag the rich from their carriage or limo. The revolution drags the rich down from their lofty thrones and gives a level playing field again, sort of. Pick any revolution, French, American, Russian, and it’s the same story. The poor get fed up and do something about it.
Now to the point! Is it possible to change our world view before it becomes necessary for bloodshed? Can we come to a point where we view the human body as something beautiful and not to be exploited? Can we celebrate nudity and sex as something good and not something that is titillating and a commercial thing?
Is it possible to treat food as something that makes us healthy and not somthing that makes us sick. Can we refuse the fast food industry, the agribusiness industry, and the ads that tout unhealthy foods and eat what we should?
Is it possible to keep a capitalist economy that is not abusive? Can we learn to buy and sell goods that are of good quality and yet not turn it into an “us and them” economy?
I think it is possible, but it won’t be easy. I think it takes work and dedication to an ideal that is reachable, if we really want it.