Thursday, March 28, 2013
Thought for Thursday - Evolution of the Handshake
The Handshake - It's a custom originally started in the 2nd century B.C. as a way for knights and other strangers to prove they weren't looking to kill someone they did not know.
Eventually up until the mid 1900's it was considered a proof of a bond or an agreement. That kind of went out the window though (in America anyway) as we became more and more litigious.
Now the handshake is a symbolic greeting and sign of respect. For some others it can be considered barometer for self worth.
But at the very least it's proof you're not ready to kill or harm your neighbor.