I am very glad you chose to stop and read for a moment. Dealing with all of the stressful happenings and events of life can be exhausting, to say the least. It seems like there’s always something that needs attention, whether it is on a personal scale (such as family, work, finances, etc.), or a national scale (like politics or war). Of course, all of these things are very important and should be handled with the utmost care and thought. However, every once and a while, it is good to slow down, open up the Humanities blog and read about the most important things in life – such as pants. Before I get into that subject, I would first like to share a quote I came upon while reading another friend’s blog.
“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” ~Coco Chanel
This lesson inside this quote struck me as one of the most important anyone can learn. The meaning is clear, concise and to the point, and yet the implications of practicing this lesson are ‘easier said than done.’ To explain what I mean, take a moment to think of a belief you have. It doesn’t need to be elaborate, and you don’t need to defend it to anyone. Simply choose a belief you have.
The example I will use is: I believe it is wrong to kill. I will assume that most would agree with me.
Now let’s say that our dear friend Bill, the epitome of ‘the Devil’s Advocate,’ begins to challenge my simple belief that killing is wrong. Bill says, “What if you’re hunting and your family is starving?” I won’t answer Bill’s question, but instead, evaluate how you would answer.
Now, Bill asks, “What if it’s life or death? Either you kill or be killed?” Possibly, this question would be a bit harder to answer.
Next, Bill says, “What if no one is in any danger, but someone might get hurt if you don’t kill a certain person? Is it better to kill one man to avoid possibly hurting someone else? What if that man was innocent and was judged wrong?”
I do not know what you believe, my dearest Reader. But I do know that no matter what you believe, someone believes something different. Does this fact mean you should keep quiet? Absolutely NOT. It is right to know what you believe, as well as know what other people believe. By knowing these things, you will understand other people better, and maybe even get to know yourself a little better.
Keeping this in mind, I now want to talk about pants. I know this may seem a bit ridiculous, but bear with me. What is it exactly that pants do for you? Why is it that many have awful nightmares about not wearing pants in public? Examining this, i came to a simple, obvious conclusion: Pants cover our lower bodies. Now, to get a bit more abstract, what do pants symbolize? In the nightmare previously mentioned, the typical dream would go as follows:
You are in a public place without pants. Simple enough, right?
As I researched dream meanings, I came across an article on hubpages.com. According to numerous dream interpretation sites, public exposure means vulnerability or rejection. If we assume that this is universally correct: Pants are a shield against being vulnerable or being rejected.
In Harper Lee’s famous book To Kill a Mockingbird, there is a moment when Jem loses his pants in a failed attempt to see the illustrious Boo Radley. When Atticus, Jem’s father, questions Jem about his ‘falta de pantalones,’ Jem makes up an elaborate lie to disguise the fact he was spying on Boo. Jem is terrified to return to the Radley house, but his fear of admitting his dishonesty to Atticus is worse. Harper Lee made Jem lose his pants on purpose, because in this particular instance, Jem was very exposed, vulnerable, and clearly scared of rejection.
Our Humanities teachers always instruct us to look beyond the actual object and try to see the mighty truth. Jem losing his pants is a perfect example of this. Look past the obvious humor and try to see what it means.
To tie this back into the first quote I mentioned, when we are questioned about our beliefs, we may often feel figuratively pant-less. When we state our opinion, it is open to be torn down, ridiculed and contradicted. This fact may often cause us to want to keep our beliefs to ourselves, or worse, to avoid having beliefs at all. Do not get sucked into this trap, my dearest Reader. It is good to question our own beliefs, because that is how we learn why we believe it at all.
In the words of our Humanities teachers,
“You do not need to defend your beliefs. You need to explain them.”
Thank you for reading, and may you always be fully panted.