To The Naked Eye
October 3, 2013
H.G. Wells introduced the world to the concept of an “invisible man” in his 1897 novel entitled The Invisible Man. Over the years since dozens of takes on the idea have appeared in countless forms of media, mostly television and movies. Some of these lean more towards the comical side. Poking fun at all the pranks that could be pulled or all the high jinx one could get into whilst transparent. Most however delve into the darker aspects. Focusing more on the tragedy of being trapped unseen and the urge to do evil without conscious or consequence. Not to mention...the MADNESS!!! of never seeing one’s own face again.
It’s interesting to note that the “invisibles” that go well and have high jinx are usually a result of some freak accident with radiation or malfunctioning transporter thingie. On the other hand the ones that go bad and insane are usually the result of a self-induced chemical reaction. Is there an obscure anti-drug message here?
Good or bad there is one thing they all have in common. Aside from the overly kid friendly sections of the genre, “invisible” films always involve getting naked. When you think about it logically they have to. If a person’s clothes disappeared when they did, then wouldn’t that mean anything they touched would disappear too? In addition, what if they took the invisible clothes off? Would they become visible? What if they changed clothes? How in hell would you do laundry? There’re way too many questions without just accepting the necessity of invisible nudity.
So a person goes invisible, there’s an empty set of clothes walking around for a minute or two and then bow-chica-wow-wow. The clothes are stripped away and it’s naked time.
Unless you’re a superhero. For super invisible people there’s always a super genius hanging around with way too much time on their hands. This person will harness the use of unstable molecules to make a costume that will disappear along with the wearer.
They do the exact same thing for anybody with fire powers, too. Their body is engulfed in flames and oopsie it’s awkward naked time. Oh, but here’s the super genius friend who has some fire-proofed unstable molecules laying around. Where the hell does one find these unstable molecules? Does Walmart carry them? Maybe they just get plain molecules and make them unstable. Get them to start drinking and get fired from their job or something...hmmm our subject is becoming invisible...ignore this paragraph.
Of course in some instances it’s the other way around. It’s the costume, suit or cloak that renders the wearer invisible. Slip into this high tech armored battle suit, hit a few buttons and engage the cloaking device. Or take this magical cloak, woven from the silk of invisible spiders and prepare for battle. Either way you’d still risk coming back around to that laundry problem.
Right now this article could engage in the two most basic and obvious questions:
1. Would you want to be invisible? And, 2. What would you do if you were? Here’re the realistic answers: 1.You can’t. 2.It doesn’t matter because you can’t.
Now that that’s out of the way let’s ask the more metaphorical question of, What about those of you who already are? Not literally but it may seem that way at times. You go through each day virtually unseen by those around you. At times you question your own existence but simultaneously fear the acknowledgement that could expose your nakedness. You have no intentions of high jinx or maliciousness; you’re not trying to be invisible on purpose, yet you are.
There are some wondering WTF? And sadly, too many fully grasping these words. Tragically this is one aspect of reality that mirrors the movies—there is no universal cure for invisibility. It is something that is determined per individual. To step into the light and risk public nudity or to remain in the shadows, forever intangible. It’s your decision but just remember a little bare ass never killed anybody.
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