When did people start to wear clothes, and why?
The only real purpose that is served by clothing is to keep us comfortable in in-climate weather. Why are we the only species on the planet that wears clothes?
Every creature on this planet was born with the covering to suit that creatures natural habitat. A polar bear would die of heatstroke in the jungle, just as a hippopotamus would freeze to death in the arctic.
Our natural covering requires that we maintain an average external temperature greater than 70 degrees. How could one possibly state that it is natural for us to inhabit climates in which we would surely freeze to death in our natural naked form.To make this stance viable, one would need to argue that we were meant to create clothing for ourselves and that it is the will of nature.
To uncover the legitimacy of that statement, we need to examine the effect of clothing on our health and natural well being.
Clothing is external insulation that simulates a warmer environment during in-climate weather. The positive effects of clothing would only apply to those people who are living outside of a suitable human climate. By suitable human climate, I am referring to a sub-tropical climate which not only maintains the proper temperature, but also contains an abundance of nutritious plant foods that best suit our species. People who inhabit these sub tropical regions would have no PRACTICAL use for clothing.
Most people would argue that we need clothing to adapt to our chosen environments and although clothing may not be natural to our species, it doesn't do us any harm. However, every aspect of nature is part of the grand design of optimal health and abundance. There are no natural laws that can be circumvented without an adverse effect on our ability to fully experience natural well being. Then what harm is there in wearing clothing?
Our skin is pouros and we assimilate nourishment through it just as much as we do on the inside. The sun is a giver of life and therefore provides a wide range of essential nutrients to our bodies. The rays of the sun catalyzes neccessary chemical processes that make other vitamins and minerals viable for our use. By covering most of our body from the rays of the sun, we are cheating ourselves of its copious nourishment. Much of the widespread nutritional defficiency that we face as a species is a direct consequence of insufficient exposure to sunlight.
Our skin also needs to breathe. It benefits greatly from the movement of the air over its entire surface. By exposing our entire body directly to the elements, we are greatly enhancing our potential for vibrant health.
Clothing has become more than just practical covering. Although it can often be used as a means for uniformity, it can be used as an opportunity for style and individuality as well. The irony of the latter is quite astounding. We use man made items such as clothing, jewlery, tattoos, and piercings to stand out and define our individuality. However, absolutely anything that is made by man can be easily duplicated. This process leads to trends and labels, and is often exploited by commercial industry. It seems that in order to stand out you must spend your life trying to stay one step ahead of the mainstream who will invariably pick up the latest style of the most popular subcultures, and make them novelties of the "status quo".
Our bodies are a creation of nature, and however much alike in physiology and function, every single body is absolutely unique. Our bodies can not be duplicated when we allow them to develop naturally. There are so many features and characteristics that come together to create our physical essence. From the shape and structure of our faces, to the pattern in which our body hair grows. The more we choose to modify our bodies, by shaving our face and bodies, cutting our hair, painting with makeup, etc., the more we are eliminating our ability to create true individuality in our physical form.
To be naked is to be free of potential conformity; to be free to express your truly unique contribution to the great natural landscape; and most importantly to be free to experience the infinite joy of natural health and well being.
In this culture and society, nudity is something that has become largely unacceptable, and even illegal. Due to the "forbidden" aspect of nudity and centuries of collective repression, nudity has even become perverse and taboo. For this reason we cannot exactly just throw away our clothes and take to the streets without serious legal and social consequences. We must understand that this is another area that demands a gradual, and in this case, private transition.
For the sake of our health it is very important to spend as much time as will be possible outside nude in the sunlight and fresh air. Find a place that is safe and private. Maybe a secluded field or your private backyard. Anywhere that you can go where you will not potentially offend anyone who is not quite ready to except their own natural bodies. We must understand that nudity is natural and therefore essentially important to our health and happiness.