Sunday, September 13, 2009
Talk to the hand
The two men charge towards each other, each raising a fist and when they reac h a point of close proximity, each swings forward to bump the fist of the other. This is done out of respect I'm told. (More - click on title)
Stockxchng/lockstockb It wasn't long ago that these same men would have come towards each other full speed, with open hand raised high for a resounding smack with the opposing hand. The "high-five." Big smiles all around, maybe a jumping turn, with hands projected in reverse, for a "low-fuve" smack accompanied by head bobbing and laughter.
Before that, men walked forward smiling, hand open and extended, to greet another fellow human with a warm handshake, maybe even an embrace, and sometimes a kiss on one or both cheeks depending on their homeland. Of course, if their homeland was really far away there could be some unfortunate misunderstandings.
The custom of greeting with the open hand goes back to a time when a closed fist meant a reason for suspicion. A fist could be closed around a weapon. An open hand revealed a friend, or at least a non-enemy.
Isn't it ironic that now the closed fist is closed partly because it might be concealing a very different kind of danger. A virus we don't want to share.