random bit on touch

Some bits from Hide – the latest episode of Doctor Who – which I just saw today.  Some quote bits:

Professor Alec Palmer: What do we do now?
Doctor Who: Hold hands. That’s what you’re meant to do, keep doing that, and don’t let go. That’s the secret.

“Awww, isn’t that sweet?” Uhm, yeah, whatever. We are a very touch-oriented species. We don’t do particularly well when lacking or mostly lacking that physical contact.  But I was thinking, certainly at least hypothetically, would we do rather to much better if we didn’t need/want that physical contact?  Yeah, sure, part of what makes us “human”, but would we be, or could we be, better without it?  Maybe we’ll evolve to not need or want such physical contact – and be better for it.  Not that we ought be disconnected, or more so, but maybe there ought be no need for that connection to be physical at all.  After all, what really matters is on the inside – the person, nature, character, etc.  Not the packaging, not the touch, not the looks.  Maybe, some day we might be a whole lot better off if we had zero need or desire on the physical contact or physical characteristics.  Well, we’re likely yet, if not decades or centuries, more likely millennia or more away from that.  But maybe we’ll quite get there – and be better for it.


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