I did a search but, amazingly, I can’t find this question having been asked before.
And yet the more you think about it, the weirder it gets.
All animals are perfectly adapted to their environment. Even animals that live in cold climates don’t take to wearing clothes - polar bears, penguins etc.
So humans must once have also been perfectly adapted to their environment and therefore didn’t need clothes. So they must have made some kind of conscious decision, at some point, to adopt the wearing of clothing.
When did they make this decision?
The Naked Ape by Desmond Morris, the respected Zoologist, suggests that we did have fur when we lived in the forests but when we came out of the forests and moved onto the hot plains we lost our fur.
This is because when you live on the plains you suddenly have to compete for food with the ultra-fast big cats. So the need for speed was greater.
But imagine however:
We are a highly intelligent species. Losing our fur must have been a pretty big thing. It would have been somehow passed on through the generations.
In some way, those early humans who predated us would have passed on to their young the fact that we once had fur.
I will quote “The Naked Ape”.
He is talking about how odd humans are compared to other species:
"Just how odd becomes clear when we lay out in a long row the skins of the one hundred and ninety two living species of monkeys and apes, and then try to insert a human pelt at a suitable point somewhere in this long series.
Wherever we put it, it looks out of place. Eventually we are driven to position it right at one end of the row of skins , next to the hides of the tailless great apes such as the chimpanzee and the gorilla.
Even here it is obtrusively different. The legs are too long, the arms are too short and the feet are rather strange. Clearly this species of primate has developed a special kind of locomotion which has modified its basic form.
But there is another characteristic that cries out for attention: the skin is virtually naked."
Assuming therefore that this “big thing” of losing our fur would have been passed on through the generations, it would have probably continued right up until this very day.
So what can we see around us that seems to rely heavily on ancient “known truths”?
Well, religion is one thing. Along with other global mythologies.
So, are all religions and all global mythologies simply the result of the fact that we feel guilty for losing our fur?
Is “original sin” basically all about the losing of our fur?
Bear in mind that stories become more powerful the older they are and this would be the oldest story of all. It would have been passed down in hushed whispers for the first thousand years or so after we lost our fur, and then would have attained mythological and, eventually religious, significance.
Until the story arrived at present-day Earth and this is where we are now.
All because we lost our fur.