The main hangup in the world today is hypocrisy and insecurity. If people can’t face up to the fact of other people being naked or smoking pot, or whatever they want to do, then we’re never going to get anywhere. People have got to become aware that it’s none of their business and that being nude is not obscene. Being ourselves is what’s important. If everyone practiced being themselves instead of pretending to be what they aren’t, there would be peace.

John Lennon

Relaxation and recreation are indispensable components of a good life; they bring both physical and mental peace where otherwise there is chaos. Just as I wish everyone the joy of great love and the humility of great knowledge, I too would like people to embrace recreation and all that it has to offer in the way of renewed body and mind. With that wish, though, I would also like people to free themselves from the hypocrisy and insecurity that run rampant in contemporary life. Do not think less of another because he is different, but embrace and experience those differences to grow your wisdom and expand your enjoyment of life.

Among my favorite recreational activities are travel and nudism. I find these two activities most enjoyable among those available for recreation for several reasons, not least among which are the wonder and humility inspired by traveling to breathtaking scenes, the vast knowledge and personal experience gained from other cultures, and the utter saturation of warmth and tranquility provided by a sunny day spent outside in the nude.

Personal happiness is, I think, a condition over which we have a great deal of control, and I am glad to have found recreational activities which give me a profound sense of peace and happiness. I wish the same for others, so I write about the ideas and motives behind my recreation and how others might enjoy theirs more if they could avoid the tragic forces of conformity, hypocrisy and paranoia that too often destroy the potential for happiness.

Essays Concerning Recreation