Human being are a clever species, for they can come up with just about any type of campaign to help better the human race. One of those campaigns, the “Free Hugs”, began in 2004 by an Australian named Juan Mann. Okay, so that is not his real name, obviously. I like the “One Man” sounds, since it implies the campaign was started by one man but it also implies something further: that everyone is part of the same human race. Well, almost all of us, anyways. You see, there are some people who do not like being touched at all, much less hugged. Then there are those of us, myself included, who have a designated hugger (in my case, my husband). Not even blood family members have that privilege, and certainly not strangers. So, why the “Free Hugs” movement?
Mann started it in an attempt to make those feeling down, a little bit happier. It’s great that he values soemthing like hugs over the possibility if catching colds, the flu, and whatever other diseases that can be contracted through human touch. His own story is not much different from his mission. Before he started the movement, he was down on his luck until a stranger hugged him. Well, he didn’t catch the cooties which is a good thing but he caught on to the idea of making a cardboard sign saying “Free Hugs.” Anytime cardboard signs are associated with individuals, the words “Anything Helps God Bless” immediately comes to mind. Well at least with this sign you will be able to pay off your monthly bills. Most landlords and utilities companies do not accept hugs as payment, which is a good thing.
Saying no to free hugs does not mean going out and making a cardboard sign saying “Touch me and you die.” That would not only scare away most people but also have the FBI on your trail to make sure you aren’t carrying a bomb under your shirt. Humor aside, Humans may be clever but they can also be cold and icy. I’m not talking about the quintessential icy lady who is also considered attractive by many men for whatever reason. That type of woman is definitely not the “Free Hugs” type of person, anyways. Chances are she has a designated hugger, maybe herself. The Free Hug” campaigners are lucky they haven’t been growled at and bitten by the wrong persons approached. Of course, the polite thing to do is smile and say “No thank you,” rather than bite the arms that try to hug you.