Experts say adults are not getting enough hugs
This link to an article appeared on Yahoo! this morning, and although your scribe has not yet read the article, he quickly cut and pasted the link into a blog-to-be (which is now, of course, a blog-that-is).
Your scribe frequently opines on matters of which he knows little or nothing, and thus he will fearlessly discuss the Yahoo! article without having read past the headline.
It is curious to consider the topic of who the "hug experts" might be. Are they psychologists who go around hugging each other and then writing up their findings? How does one get to be a "hug expert"? Is there a school where your scribe can sign up to get a degree in hug management? Inquiring minds want to know....
But let us look at their conclusion, and perhaps jump to a few of our own. Would the world be a better place if grownups got more hugs? Would it make wars to cease in all the world, and knap the bow in sunder, to borrow from the Psalmist? Would the population explosion tend to explode further and faster?
And then, of course, there's the question of what constitutes enough. Your scribe wonders, in fact, if most adults are getting any hugs. Personally, he can only recollect getting about two or three so far in 2007 (fortunately from beautiful young women), and he admits that they did give him the warm fuzzies. The question arises, of course, as to whether a hug from a smelly overweight truck driver who had just eaten an onion and garlic pizza would give one a similar sense of well-being; your scribe suspects not. In other words, the quality of the hugs needs to be taken into account as well as the quantity.
But back to the question of quantity. What is the numerical definition of "not enough"? And, of course, if hugs are good (as they mostly are), can you ever have enough of them? The scribal opinion is, probably not.
Well, that's enough of a riff on this headline for now. Time to post this entry, and then click on the link to see what the hug experts actually have to say, now that your scribe has gone and said it all for them.