This is borrowed from ‘Convergence- The Blog’ , pic and quote:
“I totally see why people follow convention. People don’t want other people to be different and they don’t want them to be happy when they’re different because then the implication is that they could live differently, too. A lot of people just can’t face that.” — Jenny Block.
Guess that speaks for itself… Head-in-sand is a lot more comfortable than actually having to think about things.
A liberal embraces new ideas hoping to find new solutions to old (or new) problems. The boat is sinking, let’s figure out how to stop it.
A bailing bucket works in a leaking boat, but a bilge pump works better. Just hoping the water goes away just ain’t gonna work, no matter how nice the idea is. Kumbaya.
Nudists are here to stay, barring Draconian efforts to the contrary, and increasing in number. More and more people have found that the old fears about naked people aren’t necessarily correct but the ‘conservative’ (and I don’t mean just right-wingers) still believes nuditity=sex=sin.
That is why, as nudists/naturists, we need to always be on our best behavior in the public eye. There are other lifestyles out there that also would like public acceptance, though most folks might not agree with their choices.
We, as nudist/naturists, might do well to align ourselves with all these ‘alternate’ groups (I mean, admit it, we are an ‘alternate lifestyle’) to join in a common front with them for more political power, but in doing so we also appear to be exactly what the general public thinks we are. A bunch of Hedonists.
We have no easy answer to that here, but in conclusion, here’s something that you’ve probably read before. If you haven’t, it’s about time:
“In Germany, they first came for the gypsies, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a gypsy.
Then they came for the Bolsheviks, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Bolshevik.
Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for the trade unionists and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Catholics. I didn’t speak up then because I was a Protestant.
– Martin Niemoller, A Lutheran Pastor arrested by the Gestapo in 1937
You might want to check out Convergence, it has some interesting viewpoints about a number of things, including lifestyles.
We don’t list it in our ‘Favorite Websites’ mainly because of the issues discussed above. We try to stay to ‘mainstream nudism’ while also discussing other areas relating to our lifestyle. Cop-out? Maybe…