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How we see ourselves and each other
“Naturists shed their public persona, along with their clothes,
to free themselves from the connections to
work and family outside their retreat.
people are offended by the human body be it their own or other peoples. As
such health and health education is limited outside of the medical classroom. As
in this image from the
Christian Naturist where the left image is considered art for viewing by all
ages, whereas the photo to the right is considered to be pornographic.
It you take offence, at any aspect of being human, please leave as these pages
will offend you even further. But if you want to know more about who you are
from an organic and holistic perspective, please read on as we uncover our
anatomy and physiology.
Who Am I?
This question has been asked throughout eternity, but unfortunately there is no
one answer. Fundamentally all we know is that we are alive, that we have this
body, mind and consciousness, and we call ourselves human beings. Beyond this
individual aspect of self, we have various creation theories and the social
structures of civilization that determine how we see our selves and our place in
Few of us see ourselves as being this human body that we possess and reside in,
we see ourselves as our social identity. Many say this represents a failure as
the body is manipulated and becomes a social tool and an object of derision or
fascination independent of the personality.
To be complete, we must recognise that we are boby, mind and spirit and like our
skin, our personality reflects who we are to the world around us.
Our human body
“Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel.”
Kevin Trudeau, laws of modern man.
This wonderful organism is the basis of our worldly experience and given the
right circumstances, it is fully self healing, self repairing and capable of
remaining healthy and active well beyond one hundred years as discussed in
The human body has many parts which co-operate to function as a complete entity
or community, but it is typically dissected into it’s constituent parts as head,
torso, limbs and the systems of digestion, elimination and reproduction. Further
reduction defines skin, bone, muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, blood,
lymphatic, cerebrospinal and digestive fluids along with a host of enzymes,
bacteria and other beneficial organisms making for ease of understanding. One of
the unfortunate effects of dissection into component parts is that often the
relationship to the ‘whole’ is lost.
All our body parts are linked by the central nervous system to create a
co-ordinated functioning whole body linked into consciousness. Consciousness is
less well understood by the mind, and this seems to be tied into our very
identity; who are we? All we know for sure is that we are the sum total of parts
listed above and that our survival is dependent on our planetary home and our
peaceful co-existence with our fellow man. Some elements of consciousness are
discussed under psychology.
We hold that every individual human body and human being is a marvel of
creation, a treasure-house of the spirit to be celebrated regardless of gender
or fortune, yet the human body is subject to judgement and many social,
commercial, religious and political influences. Moralists and politicians argue
that the body is sinful and this edict has come with such religious and
political power, that generations of people have become afraid of their bodies
Fortunately this era is now slipping away behind us, however these judgements
affect and shape our lives to the detriment of freedom and where freedom is
denied, health suffers. I do not argue for promiscuity, public nudity, I argue
for universal responsibility and a good heart and conscious effort to create a
world where everyone is self responsible and free of limiting judgements.
“There is a certain amount of freedom.
If you are wearing clothes you instantly identify yourself
as somebody in this class or that.
If you take clothes away – gone.”
We do not know if we evolved from the amoeba, were created by divine
intelligence, or some ancestor from the stars abandoned us here. While which we
develop or learn beliefs about our origins which help to give some meaning to
life we have no absolute knowing, all we have is belief based on the opinions of
At this time while researchers continue to find links in the evolution model it
does not answer all our questions and beliefs can limit us. All to often we
believe that something cannot be done, but those beliefs are often shattered
when someone does the unbelievable and our history is full of examples with moon
landings and other achievements.
We know that to be successful, we must at least suspend our disbelief to move
forward as the belief that ‘I cannot’ prevents growth and learning. Now given
that our origins are simply beliefs and not facts, the facts that we know are:
- We exist
- We do not know our origins or why we are here
- We have amazing potential
- That our life is dependent of our planetary home
- There is other life that we co-exist with
- Life often involves suffering
- Suffering can be overcome
This area will feature information not only about our anatomy and physiology
which is often the primary focus of health care, but who we are as human beings
and the complex relationships that limit or support life and health.