Holding hands….




Holding hands may seem like an innocent gesture, but they show more than a simple interlocking of fingers. Your hands are one of the most essential parts of your body: you build with them, feed with them, hold with them, touch with them, fight with them; they are the tools of the human body. To take a hold of another’s hand is to break from living individually. It is to link yourself to another being, to momentarily entwine your life with another’s, to promise, for a moment, that you need not face the world alone. More simple, more aesthetically naive than other forms of affection, i.e kissing, hugging, sexing.., the act of holding hands is often trivialized in its true implications. (source unknown)

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  1. Wonderful and beautiful. In the US, holding hands is reserved only for couples and families (i.e., father or mother holding a child’s hand when they are small), and for all other kinds of relationships (friendships, etc.) holding hands is frowned upon. I have heard that in Europe, holding hands among friends, whether they are a couple or not is usual social behavior. Reading that quote, says a lot about the difference in cultures. Holding hands under such circumstances ought not to be reserved only to those who are couples or families, but among all humans. Perhaps, humans would feel less lonely and more connected to one another?

    • And it brings to mind a quote from Jacob Bronowski – “we must touch others.” He wrote one of my favorite books – read more than 30 years ago…Science and Human Values.

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