“We have become a nation of phonies. We love everyone. We don’t merely like them or respect them or hold then in some esteem. We love the, performers on the stage shout they love us. Politicians love us, acquaintances love us. We lack all formality, all distance; I do not want others to kiss me, which is starting to happen. I say goodbye and they pucker up. No! This is reserved for love and by love I mean real love, not the silly xoxo stuff that clutters the internet with false, saccharine intimacy and emotion. I want to shake hands. I don’t want to be hugged. I want degrees of intimacy, gradations, so I know where I stand and so, for that matter, will you.” Richard Cohen, The Washington Post — Taken from “The Week” Magazine.
Do you agree?