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April 6, 2014

There are these moments. These really oddly beautiful moments. On public transportation. Trains. Buses. Mega Bus. Amtrak. Planes. And you see these moments unfold all around you. Inside of you. People sit next to each other. Strangers. Initially trying to maintain physical space boundaries. Invading the other’s space as little as possible. Some huff when touched. Some seem unphased. Then magic happens. Then the human need for platonic intimacy happens. If they sit long enough. They relax. They cave. Intimacy forms. They lean into each other. Becoming the one that we all are. It becomes less tense. Even the ones who initially grunted. Their spirits become assuaged. Some even fall asleep. Because the reality is that those moments are essential. They let us know about our intrinsic need for non-threatening touch. That we are here to absorb and release intimacy. And all is a little better in that moment.
–The Ignant Intellectual

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