December 11, 2006 3:54pm CST
View this first: http://www.youtube.com/v/vr3x_RRJdd4 Then answer: What if someone were giving away free hugs? What if you were the person who saw the sign "free hugs"? What if you were able to walk up to the person with the sign? What if, for one second, you were able to drop your paranoia and hug this guy, while still reserving the right to kick his head in if he turned freaky on you? It sounds crazy, but it happened, as you can see from the video. You may think it's a big joke. Hey, you can be a cynical about this as you want to be. But, honestly, when's the last time you've had MEANINGFUL human contact?
11 Dec 06
Great discussion ;) lol, they are reasonably different so it'll be fine I think... In answer to your discussion: if i saw soemone with a sign giving away free hugs I'd like to think that I would go up and hug them but in reality I'd probably just look at them like "right" and walk away... I have a seven month old son so that has made me a little more cynical and untrusting. Back in the fays when I was a crazy girl, lol, like a year and a half ago I would have done it in a heart beat. The last time I had meaningful human contact was when I fed my son about half an hour ago. And hugged him and put him to bed. If i didn't have a child I'd probably be a little starved for human contact and affection. I'm lucky I guess :D
• Dublin, Ireland
12 Dec 06
I have given and gotten hugs from both my hubby and daughter today. I also hugged a colleague who is changing jobs and left our office today and I think I must have hugged my dog about ten times. Think Im getting my fair share of human contact and I think its really important.
15 Dec 06
when i first moved abroad to work the thing i missed the most was hugs - i had two little sisters and a lot of pets back home who i used to hug and cuddle a lot and i had this huge empty feeling deep inside me all the time without that...got married recently and thought that should have fixed that, but there is something about a guy's hug that is always connected to something he wants, its not just for hugs or he ends up hurting me with his huge bear hugs, so its not the same and I still miss the gentle girly hugs...