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Handshaking is Stupid! Let's get rid of this Foolish Cultural Tradition

Ever notice how so many traditions we still cling to are based on things that make absolutely no sense in today's world? Couple that with other poorly thought out ways of doing things and you have a recipe for idiocy.

Originally, many centuries ago, the handshake was created as a sign of friendship between two strangers. Statistically, most people have always been right handed and by offering your right hand to another, it was a sign of trust and that you weren't holding a weapon (knife) to attack the other person with. Unless of course, you were left-handed. That's one of the reasons why left-handed people were unfairly judged as untrustworthy or worse.

Like with so many traditions, when enough time has passed, the original reason for doing it has been forgotten by most people and in many instances, completely irrelevant for today.

Couple this with many generations of people being taught to cover their mouth when coughing by using their hand - usually their right hand - instead of their forearm, has created a most unwelcome opportunity for germs to get quick and easy passage to their next victim.

When flu and cold season is upon us, we see people covering their mouth with their right hand when they cough and then go and shake someone else's hand. Maybe they did the auto response of the hand wipe down the pant leg in a half-assed attempt to eliminate any germs. This seems like your subconscious telling you that you're actions don't make sense from a health standpoint.

I recommend doing away with the handshake and embracing the eastern art of bowing or nodding. Or we could do a salute of sorts - works for the military and boy scouts. It would certainly eliminate some of the stress we germ-a-phobes have to contend with on a daily basis.

About the author:
Terry P Carter is an internet marketing entrepreneur, musician, artist, inventor and lifelong learner. Embracing a wide variety of interests with a focus on excellence and self-discovery, he shares his passion with others in the pursuit of discovering our true nature about ourselves and living with passion and gratitude. http://www.TheInnerCircleMasters.com
 
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