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Star Trek’s Mr. Spock showing the Vulcan handshake.

The other day I was watching an episode of Star Trek Next Generation.

O’Brien had just beamed up a captain from a foreign vessel onto the Enterprise and I watched as William Riker casually leaned forward and gave the man a nice, firm handshake to welcome him aboard.

Sitting on my couch in California, a few days into San Francisco’s shelter-in-place mandate and a month into this freak show of our current media-induced panic shit storm — I saw that handshake and sat up straight,

“Whoa, they shook hands.”

Never in my wildest dreams would I have assumed that a simple gesture like shaking hands would seem so rebellious and foreign. …


Alison E. Berman

Truth Speaker, Leadership Coach, Writer focused on conscious evolution. San Francisco based. @TEDx Speaker.

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