The Rolling Stones – Beast of Burden
Today’s Quote: “The instinct of nearly all societies is to lock up anybody who is truly free. First, society begins by trying to beat you up. If this fails, they try to poison you. If this fails too, the finish by loading honors on your head.” — Jean Cocteau
From my nudist mailing lists, there seem to be teens and young adults in Brattleboro who are flaunting the lack of laws prohibiting simple public nudity in the town and in the state of Vermont in general. These “kids” have taken to hanging out nude in a popular parking lot. In the process they are pissing people off, people who normally wouldn’t have given a rat’s ass. So far, the selectboard of Brattleboro has had their attorney research the matter but so far haven’t taken any action to introduce an ordinance to prohibit public nudity.
I hope the selectboard there will have the wisdom not to enact such an ordinance because of the immature actions of some kids. The controversy will die down. The kids will, I’m sure, lose interest once the shock value has worn off. These days kids, the public, and the news media tend to have short attentions spans. On the other hand, a bad law, passed in the heat of the moment, tends to be around a lot longer.
I’m all for being naked and I like to be nude whenever I can. But there are appropriate reasons, times, and places for it. (As Chef would say, the appropriate time and place is college.) And I’m sure there are appropriate places in Brattleboro and other towns in Vermont; a downtown parking lot just doesn’t seem to be one of them. The surest way to screw up a good thing is to flaunt it and abuse it. If you piss off enough of the right people, they will piss on you in return. Then nobody will be allowed to have fun.