I'm old enough to remember how The Hug became part of our culture. Up to the nineteen-fifties, people did not wrap themselves around each other as soon as they met, or even after several encounters.
There are a lot of residual elements from the seventies in our culture, most of them are wonderful. We have gay marriage today because back then we began embracing people for who they are, the environmental movement started with the hippies going back to nature. In the seventies, we truly did expand man's consciousness.
But we also had a whole population of zombies wandering the state hugging everyone for a couple decades, and the practice now seems to have rubbed off and spread to everyone.
Well, I preserve my intimate times for when they mean something.
- Kay Ebeling
The City of Angels is Everywhere