The human body is a temple not a shed

…the human body shares many of the properties of the bodies of animals, and can execute many of the same basic activities and purposes. But, as a temple is to a shed, so is the human body to the body of an ape. For the human body is the outward form of a person, capable of behaving with grace, dignity, intelligence, nobility and passion sublimated in the service of art…Modesty about one’s person is important because it signifies respect. In acting with modesty and respecting the modesty of others, one is behaving with respect for one’s higher nature and the higher nature of others.

Anthony O’Hear, Plato’s Children, 2005, p.170

Animals feel no shame. Our sense of shame signals our transcendent nature


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