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The Dichotomy of the Smile and Handshake

You're standing there, observing an individual's face. Then his hand. He reaches out to you, not to hit you, but to grasp your hand. You look up and see a smile on it. But how do you interpret that smile?

That smile may be a wonderful smile, or it may be a crafty attempt to mislead.¹

I shake hands probably every day in greeting.

But there are handshakes others receive, such as when they are given an award. In fact, I receive a magazine on sewage treatment plants. Workers in that industry everywhere keep winning awards. Awards that really may not mean that much. They are almost always local awards.

And yet, it is by no means only sewer workers who receive awards. In every field, you see photos of two people shaking hands.

But wait a moment. Where's the dichotomy? Allow me to provide one example: p-o-l-i-t-i-c-i-a-n-s . Enough said there!

And does it take a lot of effort for the reader to imagine underground elements shaking hands over their united efforts?

¹ You may enjoy the song, The Back Stabbers , by the O'Jays.

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MegL wrote on April 29, 2019, 10:36 AM

I always remember watching a cowboy film one time where one man put out his hand, making it look like he was offering to shake hands. The other man put his hand out too but the first carried on to scratch his ear, so the second had to do something else with his hand too. It sounds quite trivial now but in the film it was significant. That's great music and lovely smooth voices.

Last Edited: April 29, 2019, 10:38 AM

lookatdesktop wrote on April 29, 2019, 9:21 PM

I know what you are talking about. For sure there are fake handshakes, and fake smiles, and of course, I know that a handshake or a smile can have a double meaning. Or a contradictory one. In the world of superficial gestures, this is a topic that hits the nail on the head when it refers to the politician. And making eye contact shows sincerity. A loose handshake is totally fake. This is something to ponder. My father told me that in his day, a handshake was as good as your word, and if you shook hands on something in agreement, it was a done deal. Now days, I prefer a written and signed contract.