- Jul 1, 2001
I would consider this more of a healthy debate not a "conflict".Nude dude said:But the philosophical merits of this discussion are much more interesting to me than a prospective personality conflict.
But it's not. As stated earlier in this thread, it's illegal. According to New Hampshire State Law, if one "exposes his or her genitals", they are guilty of a misdemeanor, Indecent Exposure and Lewdness. - See Chapter 645 Public Indecency.Nude dude said:Despite the fact that I feel it's my God-given right to be naked when and where I please...
Again, it has nothing to do with society's views. It has to do with Law.Nude dude said:I accept the fact that society does not feel this way. Consequently, I adjust my behavior accordingly in spite of the fact that society chose me and not vice-versa. (I didn't choose society and don't really have the option of rejecting it without rejecting all the worthwhile people within it as well.) What you need to do, my friend, is expand your mind and realize that what I do in the seclusion of the uninhabited woods is none of your concern so long as it doesn't affect you. This is the right of a free man exercising free will.
Okay. Point taken. Probably not a fair analogy.Nude dude said:Also, your assault analogy rings hollow. In my example, there was no victim; in yours, there was.
In retrospect, my nude hiker experience was rather funny, but at the time it kind of annoyed me. I mean we didn't feel all that willing to hang out on that ledge next to the "Naked Man". In the event I came across a nude hiker again, I don't think I would necessarily be offended, probably just a little uncomfortable. Fact is however, there are plenty of people out there that would be really offended so I think the truly responsible approach is to not hike nude at all.
I'm glad you are not blatantly hiking in the buff, but whenever you feel compelled to perhaps you should have something on hand to cover yourself in the event you stumble upon someone in the "uninhabited woods"? Maybe a tee shirt or towel to act as a temporary loincloth for example?