By Saracino, Michele
"Reinhold Niebuhr argued that one of many primary demanding situations to human lifestyles is the nervousness brought on by our wish to be ideal and godlike whereas figuring out we're constrained and mortal. This booklet explores how human adornment practices negotiate anxieties approximately our finitude. via our garments, we regularly protect ourselves from feeling our human frailty and from having others notice our emotional, actual, and religious vulnerabilities. the incarnation as a kind of 'dress, ' Saracino claims that obtaining bare with Jesus or embracing our vulnerability is our in basic terms desire at developing life-giving relationships with God and others within the worldwide world."--Publisher description. Read more...
summary: "Reinhold Niebuhr argued that one of many basic demanding situations to human life is the nervousness attributable to our wish to be ideal and godlike whereas figuring out we're constrained and mortal. This booklet explores how human adornment practices negotiate anxieties approximately our finitude. via our garments, we frequently safeguard ourselves from feeling our human frailty and from having others realize our emotional, actual, and non secular vulnerabilities. taking a look at the incarnation as a sort of 'dress, ' Saracino claims that obtaining bare with Jesus or embracing our vulnerability is our in simple terms wish at developing life-giving relationships with God and others within the worldwide world."--Publisher description
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One of the world’s great religions, Buddhism, teaches us that desire brings suffering, and we need to overcome that desire to reach enlightenment. Christians also have conceptual frames for explaining the damaging effects of desire.  This anxiety is not necessarily sinful, according to Niebuhr, yet if it is not acknowledged and worked through, it has the potential to cause pain and suffering and lead to sin and brokenness. When read this way, anxiety presents an invitation to find out what drives us and whether that is healthy and life-giving.
What my students prove during class discussion, time and time again, is that in many ways, the spiritual import of dress is already part of our everyday life. We just don’t articulate it as such, for any number of reasons, including a lack of time or interest. Without a verbal narration, our clothes tell our stories. When a loved one dies, we treasure articles of the person’s clothing; we hold shirts close to remember the loved one’s perfume and wear his or her jackets to feel the person with us.
Some individuals and groups are already doing this. One example is TOMS Shoes. For each pair of shoes it sells, TOMS donates a pair of shoes to a needy child. And SweatFree Communities is an organization that supports workers in sweatshops worldwide in an effort to transform the global economy and enact just practices. Making vulnerability fashionable opens us up to these possibilities and more. 1. Mark C. Taylor, Hiding (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997), 127. ↵ 2. , 129. ↵ 3. J. C. Flugel, The Psychology of Clothes (New York: International Universities Press, 1971), 34.