‘Quote of the Moment’

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.

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Guess that speaks for itself…  Head-in-sand is a lot more comfortable than actually having to think about things.

The very nature of a conservative requires him/her to cling to the familiar and avoid new ideas, they’re a threat.   Don’t rock the boat.

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.

The best of both worlds requires a somewhat cautious approach to new ideas without throwing out old ones that actually work  but maybe can be adapted to new situations.

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.

But by shunning them, are we not doing the same thing that ‘normal’ society does to us?  That is, denying them the right to live their lives as they wish without harming others?

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.

Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak up.”

Martin Niemoller,  A Lutheran Pastor arrested by the Gestapo in 1937

Imprisoned in Sachsenhausen and Dachau concentration camps from 1937 to 1945

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…

2 Responses

  1. There are many “conservative” nudists. I consider myself to be one. I think it a mistake to lump all conservatives in one basket . Rather than “clinging to old ideas and not embracing new one”, I prefer to state that I cling to ideas that are consistent with my core values. “Conservative” is not equal to “reactionary” just as “nudity” does not equal “sex” (just as “liberal” does not necessarily mean “progressive” – it depends upon your definition of progress).

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  2. You’re correct. There is a difference between the
    ‘reactionary’ ie, neo-conservative, and the’Goldwater conservative’ who would have defended to the death the rights which are currently being supressed as a reaction to a changing world.

    I sincerely hope that most conservatives fit that second catagorie. I was raised as one and it took a war and most of the following administrations to convince me that both groups have extremists and opportunists that promote ideas harmful to the citizins of this country.

    And there is a difference between the ‘Abby Hoffman’ radical and the contemporary progressive liberal. It’s ironic that the ‘big government’ Left is the group most concerned about the loss of those traditional American freedoms.

    The message of the post was to remind us that we live a lifestyle ‘radical’ to both sides, as do other folks with different lifestyles or gender preferences.

    If we ally too closely with them some of their ‘tarnish’ rubs off on us. If we shun them, we risk being ‘reactionary’ ourselves, not to mention losing the benefits of solidarity.

    Actually I thought I had made that convoluted connection pretty well, and Angie agreed, but maybe not. Maybe Angie knows me so well and how my mind makes connections that she’s not such a great editor.

    But hey, that’s what y’all’s for! Thanks for putting your two cent’s worth in (actually, what with inflation, about $16.50)!

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