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A Mute Greeting

232 views. 2019-3-6 13:25

Eat or not? That is a normal greeting  when people meet. Havent seen you for a long time is another greeting. The former greeting is responded with yes or no, whereas the latter is perhaps a prelude for a longer chat. Hi! modern young men and women greet each other at first sight. They then walk away quickly before you even have time to hi back!   (Fr  Chinese Way of Greetings, June 15th.2005)

Over the years, my way of greetings is simplified with a mere nod. Eating is a burden now. Behind“Long time no see”is more often than not“Reaching in no time” with everybody kept in touch with each other online every minuet. A loud “Hi”is heard twice in the past year, one is a student I met for the second time on the university campus last October. Another is a greeting on the stairs from a young colleague whom I am not familiar - in both cases I greeted back with a nod. What’s left is a casual “Ni Hao”, a greeting mostly to  strangers or someone not familiar with an occasional “Ni Hao” response. It seems civilized men greet each other now without necessarily saying many words.

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