The Naked Truth

March 30, 2009 at 8:56 am 6 comments


 
Last night I was listlessly watching a Seinfeld rerun on TV. I was about to fall asleep on the couch when I heard Jerry mentioning the word “naked”. Suddenly, I found myself jolted back into consciousness.

I don’t want to be overdramatic here, but what is it about “naked” that elicits such a response from us? It’s a word that has the power to arouse our interest in anything that it brings on the table. It’s like the condiments that make even a rotting steak tasty.

Unfortunately, “naked” is a word better left unsaid in polite society. It makes the imagination go wild. It conjures up images of lust that need to be suppressed. Is it because it’s usually associated with sex?

Jerry mused (and I’m paraphrasing because I was half awake when he said it) that being naked brings us back to the basics. When you’re in the buff, there’s nothing much you can do to improve your looks. You can’t hide your imperfections. People see you as you really are, nothing more… and nothing less.

Take my case, for example. when I’m totally naked, deprived of my shorts, I look like a blooming potato that nobody would care to touch.

It must be for this reason that humankind had invented clothing to make us look better and attractive to the opposite or same sex. If they were intended merely to keep us warm, we’ll be satisfied with the furs and skins of the animals that we eat for dinner. There’d be no proliferation of designer clothes as we see now. The Ralph Laurens, Armanis, and Lacostes would have never existed.

“Clothes make the man (or woman),” according to Mark Twain. “Naked people have little or no influence on society.”

Think about it. Can a naked Napoleon command an army? I doubt it. And neither can a strip down version of North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un.

Clothes define who we are. Rightly or wrongly, we’re judged by what we wear. As an alternative, how about a complete body tattoo? you may ask. Nice try. Do you know how painful it is? It’s also permanent. Once the novelty has run its course, you can’t undo it. You’re doomed to a life of misery. If you want to score big in love or in life, you need to wear the right outfit. Body tattoos and total nudity aren’t even for the birds.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. kate  |  March 30, 2009 at 10:28 am

    I agree about clothes making the person! It brings me a lot of confidence knowing how to dress.

    Reply
  • 2. plaridel  |  March 30, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    kate:

    clothes define us. life would be boring if we’re all dressed [sic} in our birthday suits. it’ll be like attending a halloween party without the masks.

    Reply
  • 3. Rob Layton  |  April 25, 2009 at 8:04 am

    Blooming potato? lol.

    Tattoos are for pornstars and wrestlers.

    Reply
  • 4. plaridel  |  April 27, 2009 at 10:49 am

    rob:

    tattoos are definitely for people who scare the wits out of you.

    Reply
  • 5. unmotivatedenthusiast  |  July 31, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Very insightful post! Enjoyed reading it 🙂

    Reply
    • 6. plaridel  |  July 31, 2016 at 6:58 pm

      unmotivatedenthusiast:

      i’m glad you liked it. thank you. 🙂

      Reply

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