The human touch

On the plane, the woman sitting next to me grasps my arm. She doesn’t speak, doesn’t look; only this gesture almost automatic. Compulsory.
It’s flight panic. Fear make us more instinctive, less scheming, more direct.
Few occasions remain for real physical contact between people. Especially among strangers, but often also among friends, with the family.
What make us abstain from contact with our fellow men? Etiquette? The urge not to engage? Laziness?
Taking someone else’s hand still is a strong experience. I was a bit shocked the first time I sow African adult males walking around hand by hand.
And surprised, a bit intimidated, when some of them got my hand: friends, neighbours, just colleagues.
Touch is stronger than words. Is a sign of mutual acknowledgment.
It is human and animal at the same time.

One thought on “The human touch”

  1. Hi Paolo,

    Here are my comments for this blog entry.

    Joanne

    The human touch

    On the plane, the woman sitting next to me grasped my arm. She didn’t speak, didn’t look; only this gesture almost automatic. Compulsory.
    It?s flight panic. Fear make us more instinctive, less scheming, more direct.
    Few occasions remain for real physical contact between people. Especially among strangers, but often also among friends, or with the family.
    What make us abstain from contact with our fellow men? Etiquette? The urge not to engage? Laziness?

    Taking someone else?s hand still is a strong experience. I was a bit shocked the first time I saw African adult males walking around hand by hand. Surprised and a bit intimidated, when some of them got my hand: friends, neighbours, just colleagues.

    Touch is stronger than words. It´s a sign of mutual acknowledgment. It´s human and animal at the same time.

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