Last fall, around 7 ragazzi took to the historic center of Rome with large bilingual "Free Hugs" signs and the reaction to this story was overwhelmingly positive and heart warming!
Whereas today I read a story about an 18 year old college student in
The interesting thing is that in this country I heard very negative reactions to the hug story! It puzzled me. Why be offensive? What's the harm in a hug? I was left scratching my head in amazement. Huh?
Then I took a look around me. 7 million people in the Bay Area. We have an enormous front yard, side gardens, and back yard. It does a good job of keeping my neighbors away, and fencing me in. We get in our car in the garage while a remote control opens the sliding door and I vanish with thousands of cars in to crowded free-ways. We've built social walls around ourselves! I try to look into my neighbor's eyes to say hello, and many look puzzled and uncomfortable, so now instead I let them be.
After the "Free Hugs Campaign in
When offered a free hug in downtown Rome, people's reactions fell into a bell curve consisting of 4 categories.
1) A few people were very enthusiastic and RAN with open arms for the hug with a big grin on their face.
2) Many others just smiled and gladly took a tight hug.
3) Others pretend not to notice, and simply walked away from the hug.
Watch the toll blond guy in minute 2:46, his response made me laugh! Grande!