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Saturday, October 27, 2012
THE NAKED TRUTH
THE NAKED TRUTH
lots of differences between older and younger generations.The reasons behind some of these differences
are obvious.Many in my generation do
not like computers and gadgets.We get
frustrated with things that are just second nature to the younger
generation.We see no reason to learn
new ways to do things when the old ways have always served us well.We tend to believe all the changes brought
about by technology are causing us to lose important skills.
with all their keyboards, don’t know how to write in cursive (script or
longhand in my day) anymore.Soon it
will be a lost art!"
cares? Why do we need to write in script when we have keyboards?In my day the lost skill old people were
afraid we would lose was Latin.Everyone
had to learn Latin.
“Most of our
words have Latin as their origin.”
be a doctor or an engineer without learning Latin.”
be a dead language, but it is important to learn.”
And so we
es devisit en tres partes.”
it was not important to learn Latin.It
was stupid to learn Latin.Learning
Latin was a waste of time.
Where am I
going with this?I’m not sure; I’m just
noticing that the evolution of ideas in this day and age is moving at lightning
speed and us old people get overwhelmed by it.
prompted me to reflect on generational differences was my observation on
When I was a
youth, there was no nudity in magazines, movies or TV.If you got your hands on illicit naked
pictures it was very exciting.Today
there is nudity in movies, TV, and magazines.People walk on the beach practically naked where in the early nineteen
hundreds (before my time) swim suits covered the whole body almost burka-like.Nudity today is no big deal.
today will not undress in gym locker rooms.They do not shower together with other young men.If they do shower at the gym, there are
separate showers.Old dudes do not have
this hang up.We grew up forced to
shower after gym or sports practices.The showers were open rooms with multiple showerheads.There was group singing, and plenty of
horseplay in these showers.I know; gay
right?Except unless you were gay, we
did not even know gay existed, so showering together was harmless.
and no one wants to believe me on this, at our all men’s school, we had
swimming as a PE course; everyone swam naked and thought nothing of it. Swimsuits were not allowed! I don’t recall anyone being embarrassed. I
don’t recall any bullying, although we did all became quite proficient at
making a “rat’s tail” out of a towel and inflecting welts on each other’s rear
I find it
ironic that in my younger days, when homosexuals were forced to hide their lifestyle,
when most of us did not even know such a lifestyle existed, we participated
innocently in what today would be considered gay activities and today when
homosexuality is becoming an acceptable lifestyle (I know, we still have a ways
to go) it is unacceptable for men to be naked in each other’s company.
of men intolerant of homosexuals was comfortable in their nakedness with other
men.A younger generation that is more
acceptant of the gay lifestyle finds it unacceptable to be naked around other
If you are
waiting for my point, I’m not sure I have one.Maybe it is just that generations are different, sometimes the reasons
for the differences do not make any sense, and sometimes when you pass sixty
your mind tends to wander a lot.