Communicator (communicator) wrote,
Communicator
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on the unpleasantness of clothing

A Tibetan monk tries on Western clothes. Via Via Echidne of the Snakes.

Oh that suit! Tight tubes of cloth that gripped my legs, so tight that I was afraid to bend. Now I knew why the Westerners could not sit in the Lotus attitude: their clothes were too tight. Certainly I thought that I was "ruined for life" by these tight tubes. They put a white shroud on me, and around my neck they tied a thick ribbon and pulled it tight as if they were going to strangle me. Over that they fitted a short piece of cloth with patches and holes behind, in which, they said, the Westerners kept things - instead of in a robe as we did. But the worst was yet to come. They put thick and heavy "gloves" on my feet and pulled them tight with black strings with metal ends....I was told that I was dressed as a "Western gentleman of leisure". It seemed to me that they would have to have leisure as surely they could not be expected to do any work dressed up like this!

When I was a child I found clothes very uncomfortable. Even now I find most clothes we are expected to wear to the office very intrusive and unpleasant. I used to think everyone felt like that, but nowadays I think it is a personal idiosyncracy.

(I'm now going to talk MBTI) I think people with weakly developed 'S' (like me) can veer between ignoring sensory input and being irritated and oversensitive to it. And people with weakly developed 'N' (intuition/imagination) similarly spend half their lives ignoring imagination and the other half being irritated and disturbed by it (being supersititious for example, or going nuts about Satanism in Harry Potter or such like).
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