Distancing : The Priceless Sacrifice

The shaking of hands is commonly done upon meeting, greeting, parting, offering congratulations, expressing gratitude, or as a public sign of completing a business or diplomatic agreement. In some disciplines such as sports or other competitive activities, it is also done as a sign of good sportsmanship. The history of the handshake dates back to the 5th century B.C. in Greece. It was a symbol of peace, showing that neither person was carrying a weapon. Some believe gesture of the handshake started in Medieval Europe. Knights would shake the hand of others in an attempt to shake loose any hidden weapons. This is one tradition in human life that has torn through generations and cuts across all of the World's human races. But the coming of the Coronavirus, the deadly disease believed to have been created by man himself virtually disrupted the age old tradition. Shaking of hands has become a sacrilege. How far this will go is another issue.
But one of the most disturbing elements about the fight against Covid-19  that has again come to worsen things is this whole issue of distancing.  This one tells of a situation where people must in the whole process of living together sit or stand away from each other. To the African man, this again seems to be one more disruption in a traditional setting that has withstood the test of time. In effect, we are talking about two diehard traditions which simply symbolise the manifestation of love and peace. With the coming of the deadly virus, the question now is, how do we part ways with  old tradition? Is it possible? The answer is a monosyllabic yes. The reason is simply; the World finds itself now between the devil and the deep blue sea. The history of humanity does not seem to have recorded such a catastrophe before. Sitting at uncomfortable distances of one and half meters apart and not shaking hands in the name of greetings have become priceless sacrifice to make. What many people continue to refuse to accept is that they would lose nothing living without exercising these symbolic obligations. 
The good thing about distancing and no handshaking is the common awareness that is...



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