Society and lifestyle
21 October 2021, Khadim
This way of throwing it away on the beach, in the streets or on Facebook says a lot about the way we consider our body: an object of seduction and pleasure that belongs to the viewer.
As they ate the fruit, “they knew they were naked.” If our bodies have fortunately gained in freedom, a healthy modesty preserves the intimacy and the mystery of the person.
Human beings are a highly ecological creation: fully biodegradable, they work with renewable energies (pure water, apples and solar energy). That’s why, in the summer, they like to expose themselves to the hot rays of the daylight, transforming beaches into curious fields of human photovoltaic panels. Ditto in town, at work or with the family: minimalist skirts, very short shorts, transparent or tight-fitting T-shirts, monokinis and bikinis assembled with roasting twine, offer the general public a show that should remain more confidential ... Modesty would be outdated as the corsets of our grandmothers?
The eyes, on the other hand, are hidden behind large sunglasses. The paradox is interesting: what should be here is not, and what one should be able to admire is carefully concealed. We offer our nudity to complete strangers but we refuse them a look. There is something a little twisted here...
It is not about slipping into outdated prudishness, but returning to healthy modesty. If prudishness is linked to shame, modesty is linked to original chastity, with all that is beautiful and great.
In the state of original innocence, the limpidity of Man's heart allowed him absolute simplicity. But having eaten their damn apple, Adam and Eve found that they were naked and this discovery filled them with confusion. They hastily made a swimsuit out of fig leaves. It was not their body that had changed; it was the way they looked at it: a look now hurt by sin. Exhibitionism and voyeurism, concupiscence, instinct for domination, possession, seduction, loose impulse, what pips for a poor apple!
Modesty is exercised with respect to oneself and to others. It preserves the privacy and mystery of a person, and is the guardian of a space that is all its own. It is also a reserve, a way of guarding oneself in order to give oneself better. The body is dedicated to the gift, in an offering reserved for the loved one and for him alone: the mystery of the person can only be fully delivered in love.
Modesty also puts a fair distance from others, unknown or close; it is politeness, prudence, realism in the face of the desires aroused by the body.
Holidays promote a closeness that does not, however, allow all freedom: with family or friends, modesty is a form of delicacy. Our teens, in particular, who need to test their powers of seduction and who like to feel “free,” do not always seem to realize that they have a responsibility towards those they meet.
Keeping one's gaze, for some, is a real difficulty: the Internet, television, advertisements and posters put at risk daily chastity which is complicated to exercise. This way of throwing it away on the beach, in the streets or on Facebook says a lot about the way we consider our body: an object of seduction and pleasure that belongs to the viewer.
Should we repeat that the body is sacred, that it is a high place of love and self-giving, a home of the Spirit? It is for this, moreover, that it is also the place of a true spiritual combat. Modesty protects the holiness of the body, its mystery, its beauty; it is the ally of prudence and wisdom. It also protects the purity of the gaze, it is the friend of the virtue of strength.
Do you have any doubts about the size of your swimsuit? Eat an apple. Are you spending vacations with naked teenagers? Are you sitting at mass or on the bus near someone who is underclothing? Do your friends go for a walk in my bikini on the beach? Offer them apples.
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