Naturism and the Post COVID New Normal
New Normal??? WE should decide what that will be!!! Or Naturism RIP!!!
Apologies for this unsubtle question: Whats the difference between bullshit and horse shit? Horse shit comes from higher up and makes a bigger mess on the ground. This New Normal thats being presented as a fait accomplis to citizens around the world is horse shit being dropped from on high and people on the ground need to wake up and shout stop!
History will look back and see that COVID wasnt just a pandemic, its being cynically exploited as a battering ram against our rights as citizens, our personal privacy, and our civil liberties. None of us could be so naieve as to think that naturism wouldnt be adversely affected!
Governments in co-operation with major corporations and over-powerful individuals are, with apparent no time for questions alacrity, ramping up invasions of privacy through a multiplicity of technologies including surveillance technologies on our personal electronic devices and monitoring of our electronic correspondence, social media usage etc And that is now being dishonestly presented to us as a necessity and a positive! They think were stupid ... and in many cases theyre right!
Excessive OPEN-ENDED ( ie not temporary ) augmentation of police powers and other liberty restricting legislations have been rushed into effect in many jurisdictions without due scrutiny, and powerful vested interests in the worlds of pharmaceuticals, information technology, and surveillance ( which includes Google and Facebook etc because thats what those companies are about - surreptitiously gathering and selling information about their users - If youre not paying for the product you ARE the product! ) are being released to do their worst without necessary controls, checks and balances. And were being fed a line that a temporary, man-made pandemic has PERMANENTLY changed how we may be PERMITTED to live our lives! That is horse shit! And were all sitting under the horses ass!
If your government wants you to accept the following changes post COVID you need to shout no:
More surveillance of your personal life including extracting information from your personal devices, contacts, and correspondences
More control of your freedom to travel - this includes increased monitoring of where you are and who youre with.
More control of your personal healthcare choices
Limitations on your right to associate
Limitations on your right to protest
Miscellaneous new limitations to personal freedoms
If were going to have a new normal WE should decide what that will be and it should be a BETTER normal and NOT A LESS FREE FUTURE!
NATURISM AND THE NEW NORMAL
As a naturist perhaps I never quite embraced the old normal. Perhaps I had the audacity to think for myself and reject nonsensical notions that the human body is ugly, dirty or shameful. Perhaps I was eccentric enough to believe that the sight of a human being shouldnt cause shock, disgust, or even fear! Ive even been so crazy and radical as to raise my kids without teaching them illogical shame and fear of their own and other peoples bodies. Instead my wife and I taught them to be free thinkers who are relaxed about the human body, and who celebrate the humanity they share with every other human being on Earth respectfully and joyfully. How shocking is that!!! No wonder I didnt fit into the old normal where raising kids in shame and fear ( the classic precursors of bigotry and prejudice! ) was considered a good thing.
Ive long been concerned about cynical societal interests that fabricated and enforced that old normal. And Ive long wondered how people can be so utterly somnambulantly stupid as to allow their own bodies and very humanity to be deemed disgusting and shameful, and to sheepishly conform to body shame and sexual repression. This stranglehold was tightened gradually since the middle of the twentieth century before which nude swimming etc were perfectly usual and respected in western societies. In less affluent times it was the norm for a tin bath to be filled in front of the fire in the main room of the home and parents and children all took turns to bathe without a need for frosted glass, locked doors or towel dances!
In more recent decades valid and hugely important child protection concerns have been brought to the fore only to be hijacked by cynical, self-serving interests focused on furthering a prudes agenda rather than protecting children. This has attempted to demonise normal family and social interactions with the young and has attacked the heart of naturism - the naturist family - and done great harm.
Let me be abundantly clear on this subject: as a man who suffered sexual abuse as a boy, I know only too well the devastation it causes and so Im EXTREMELY in favour of any measures that protect the young from harm. Some initiatives such as vetting adults who work or have voluntary contact with children, teaching children about good and bad touch, and equipping them with ways to tell without delay if anything concerns them or feels wrong etc, are major positives.
And yet, Ive just referred to valid and hugely important child protection concerns as having been hijacked! Thats a strong statement - but its true! Teaching fear of nudity is perverse and illogical and it creates a culture of shame which facilitates the very secrecy upon which sexual predators usually depend. Yes, body shame and negative conditioning about the human body and sex actually facilitate paedophiles!! The opposite of this is naturism, which contributes enormously shame-free living, balanced respectful attitudes, and appropriately open communication relating to the body and sex etc. All good! This is not to say that naturist children are safe from sexual predators - no child is - but a culture of same and its resultant secrecy puts kids in more not less danger. Eminent international psychologists espouse and endorse the view that wholesome family naturism contributes greatly to creating better physical, psychological, and emotional health for ALL ages.
So, as naturists lets say yes to a new normal. But NOT to the new fascism of the horse shit power grab thats being imposed on us. My new normal will involve distancing - Im going to keep my distance from invasions on my private life and try to retain some level of autonomy from the proposed privacy invasions from technological and other sources. I wont be forced to work and socialise from behind a screen in my house with technologies I have no choice but to use which include shocking invasions of my privacy in their small print. Im going to be out there with friends. Ill be nude with them. Well cherish our human connections and social contact more than ever, tell jokes, taste each others drinks from the same glass, steal fries from each others plates, and yes, even hug! I dont want to go back to where we were before COVID. I WANT MORE! Weve been reminded that our freedom is precious - and now its time to reclaim it!
In response to some replies to this post I want to point out that in what I wrote above I referred repeatedly to post Covid - and even used capital letters such as ... Excessive OPEN-ENDED ( ie not temporary ) augmentation of police powers and other liberty restricting legislations have been rushed into effect in many jurisdictions without due scrutiny, ... in an attempt to emphasise that Im talking about AFTER the pandemic. Ive been observing all recommended precautions and will continue to do so - the points I was making specifically refer to AFTER COVID and the fact that measures which impinge on privacy and curtail civil liberties have, in many cases, been imposed permanently rather than temporarily. Out of respect for the respondents and so that the fact that my post was intended to discuss post Covid times I havent edited the above text.
Bravo! Eloquent and right on target. Covid numbers and restrictions on our freedom are all designed to herd and control the sheeple. Sadly, even heads of state are forced to participate and do as theyre told shutting down economies lest they be accused of causing mass deaths. Is it a coincidence this emanates from China which is the rising center of domination? Does anyone really believe that socialism is the path to follow despite universal failure throughout history?
Individual freedom always works and why shouldnt people be free to gather nude in places where the timid or ultra modest can freely avoid? You are so right, my friend.
I agree with most all you state. I really like how as nudist w already are by definition non conformists. It is obvious that from day one of this overhyped virus that there are powers out there using it to further their agendas
And were being fed a line that a temporary, man-made pandemic has PERMANENTLY changed how we may be PERMITTED to live our lives! That is horse shit!
Only one part of this statement is correct, the last four words and only if applied to what comes previous.
As for the rest of the conspiracy theory... one thing that links people who think the government and big corporations are after every detail of every single thing they do and say . They are never that interesting.
Every time I come across an unusual post I check the profile to get a better sense of the person. I did so this time to find the OP had blocked me. No idea what I did to offend him, but he probably deserved it.
I'm sorry but I don't follow your connection with freedom related to Covid and nudism. My sister was hosptalized for three days wth food poisoning for tainted lettuce due to sloppy quality control. One friend had their father in law die from Covid and another friend's son in his 20s got Covid and rode it out at home for 10 days. Bacteria, diseases and viruses impact our personal and public health in a wide variety of ways.
The trends you mention have all been present pre Covid and some may be exaperated by it. Meanwhile, I've investigated going to a nudist resort and haven't found any. Due to the pandemic they're not accepting new visitors, and many have long-standing policies against men who aren't escorted. The one I went to a few years ago was more accepting at the gate but the people there were unfriendly and sedentary so I don't want to go back. In this puritanical part of the Midwestern US, nudism is not alive and well, largely fragmented into camps of aging, cliquish heterosexual couples and aging gay bears, neither family friendly for me as a single dad. Then we have this website forum to unite us based on a 90's technical platform that feels irrelevant to anyone born since then.
As the old saying goes, we have seen the enemy, and the enemy is within!
I'm sorry but I don't follow your connection with freedom related to Covid and nudism.As the old saying goes, we have seen the enemy, and the enemy is within!
Good for you looking for logic in the OP statement. Not sure you will find any
Whats the difference between bullshit and horse shit? Horse shit comes from higher up and makes a bigger mess on the ground. !
Well that's your first mistake: Cow shit (or bullshit) stays wet and smelly. It clings to our boots. We scoop up horse shit and put it on our roses. and the rest is not much better
When will anyone learn that Corona virus or Covid-19 is a killer! Yes it's a form of flu, but a very virulent new form of flu against which there is (as yet) no vaccine. Ignore the advice of epidemiologists at your peril - and the peril of those around you. Or go back into lock down.
anyone that does not wear a mask is telling the world .....I DON"T CARE IF I MAKE SOMEONE ELSE SICK OR IF I CAUSE THEIR DEATH.........
anyone one that thinks covid is in anyway political has something seriously wrong with their thinking
covid does not care what political party you belong to ,
i don't really like wearing a mask, but do i think its worth a little inconvenience to help keep someone from getting sick and maybe dying ......YOU DAMN RIGHT I DO !!!!!!!!
You might have more readers follow your dissertation if you had learned to use an apostrophe. This display of ignorance is an indication that the entire piece is also ignorant.
Don't wear a mask. It is your choice, but as social beings, we have an obligation to care for others and the common good. Want to live nude? Then move to a community that accepts your decision or find someplace so remote that you have no contact with other people. You would not have to worry about the COVID virus, nor surveillance of your electronic devices because there would be no electricity or people within your jurisdiction to serve you.
Think the government is invading your electronic devices. It isn't (notice the apostrophe). Companies do because they can make money doing it. Don't want to be monitored? Stop using things that can be monitored.
You really need to go to a hospital and get to know some of the staff working the front lines of the pandemic. They will open your eyes to the bullshit you are spewing. I have a niece that is an ICU RN and another close friend that is an RN not able to do her job because she is now assisting in evaluating patients coming in to the hospital. In both cases it is far far more disruptive to their lives than for any of us. My niece has to take ridiculous precautions and is still risking this somewhat just to be with her husband and 18 month old daughter. This is a truly serious mess affecting lives. If we had done nothing and kept normal as normal the models and projections (easy to get similar numbers on your own) show the US would have had between 1.7 and 2.5 million deaths and thats if the number of infections was similar to H1N1 and this is far more contagious.
As for tracking, the volume of data tracking everyone is prohibitive to work with in itself. Even if they did have all the data an individuals tracking would be lost in the jungle of data. All that is being used is counts of the number of handoffs of service from one cell tower to another and even that is being summarized.
To those saying making them wear a mask is violating their rights, I suppose it is violating your right to be an insensitive moron. You not wearing a mask is violating MY rights because you are risking MY health. You cannot prove you do not have the virus and are not asymptomatic. Even if you were just tested you couldve been very recently infected and it just hasnt yet replicated itself enough to be detected. More likely you havent been tested or the test was days or weeks ago and you couldve been infected since then. MASKS ARE NOT TO PROTECT YOU, YOU COULD STILL BE INFECTED THROUGH YOUR EYES ETC. MASKS ARE NEEDED TO HELP REDUCE YOUR SPEWING THE VIRUS OVER THE REST OF US.. Sorry to scream this but I am an at risk person and those that are risking my health by not wearing a mask and especially those that complain about it really piss me off. If there were a way to prove that someone not wearing a mask was the sole cause of someone getting infected the infected person or their estate should be able to sue the pants off the idiot.
Unfortunately people who think like you, complaining and conspiring stupidities is what makes a global effort against the pandemia to fail. Yes, indeed it is difficult all the safety measurements and we might think our rights are limited but them, however your own horseshit theory is shit as well. My recommendation: study what it is an exponential function (basic mathematics). Interview your local medical staff in the frontline and probably your first world problems might fade.