September 30, 2013

YET ANOTHER NICE THING ABOUT BEING A WASP:

Hugs Are Falsely Intimate Power Plays. Stop Imposing Them on Everyone You Meet. (Amanda Hess, 9/30/13, Slate)

In theory, a hug sounds nice. In practice, it can turn even the simplest hello into a logistical nightmare. But the most pernicious aspect of the act is the false sense of intimacy it imposes over all human relationships, from the most superficial acquaintances to the deepest friendships. It doesn't matter if we love each other, hate each other, or don't know each other at all--we're all expected to awkwardly collide at the same rate, reducing a potentially intimate act into a rote affectation. [...]

It is time for us to recognize the hug for the charade that it is. Rarely is it a gesture of sincere fellowship, compassion, or affection. More often, it is a soulless imposition that is gravitating toward its victim at an alarming rate. So next time I see you, let's try keeping our limbs to ourselves. It's nothing personal--and that's the point.

We don't hug.
Posted by at September 30, 2013 4:33 PM
  

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