The naked viewpoint.
What is that? You may take that literal. The way we prefer to be: naked. Unclothed. Take that as the default for your outlook and you have the naked viewpoint. Imagine the whole world being naked and suddenly someone in clothes comes along. Wouldn’t that be surprising?
What brings me to this
I like opposing views. I’ve never been one to conform to the standards so there’s no big surprise for me. Sometimes I am envisioning a naked world where suddenly clothed people appear. How would those covered folks be perceived? An example of this is in my Mirror Earth series. Of course, in those books (of which part 3 is currently in the making) I’m taking things even further by not restricting myself to humans being dressed.
History is fascinating. Humans or at least their early predecessors started life naked. They probably had more hair than we did (and why they decided to shed that is still a riddle to me) and they had no concept of clothes. So our original form and shape is naked. Babies being born prove that on a daily basis. Imagine never having worn clothes. How would that be? With nude being the norm and clothing only being donned out of necessity like rain or cold circumstances.
In our current society we can determine the status of a person by their clothing. Someone can look rich, fancy, overdone, crazy, sloppy, messy. How would that be without clothes? Would people wear jewellery to indicate their status? Body markings like paint or tattoos? Hats or crowns? Would there even be so much as a differentiation in status when everyone’s wearing the same nothing? Probably yes, but I keep wondering how that would look, what that would be.
Writing about it
When I work on a naturist novel I prefer to do so in the nude. It always makes me feel more connected to the story I’m working on. It’s about naked people, so how better to write about them than being as they are. Uninhibited. Naked. Free. And no, I am not putting on clothes when a dressed group appears in such a story! 😉
It is in that naked state I am creating this post. It is in that naked state I like to ponder the implications of a world that’s the opposite of the one we’re now living in; a dressed world that seems to die of shock when someone goes naked. I would truly love a world that is naked and honest. A world where people would be shocked to see someone in coverings if the situation didn’t call for that…