The true origin and nature of modesty becomes apparent when we relate it to the circumstances of Western man’s illusion that he is a godlike creature, an illusion he maintains by covering his sexual parts with clothing. When a Western man takes off his hat in public, he is not immodest. When he takes of his trousers, he is. In the first instance he is uncovering his head, the seat of his intellect of which he is inordinately proud; in the second instance, he is uncovering the seat of his basic shame and inferiority. He is exposing the fallacy of his illusion, and the police must be called to stop him, lest he expose the fallacy of our own illusion and that of most of mankind.

Lawrence Langer (the importance of wearing clothes)


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