Free Hugs

When I was in Cambridge, Massachusetts recently, I saw a group of people with a sign that said ‘Free Hugs’ and liked it. I thought it was cool and just the kind of thing that I expected to see around Harvard and MIT. And I thought it would be a fun way to spend some time back when I was in college and bored.

Today I saw this video and realized that the kids were probably just imitating it. Not that it matters, the good idea and the spirit of the gesture is what counts. But it made me think again that it would be cool and fun for college kids to do and I started wishing that I could do things like that now that I’m out of college. It’s a ridiculous idea, that I can’t go do anything that I want, but the problem is that I don’t find myself with enough free time these days.

But wouldn’t it be great if we all had just a ton of free time on our hands and could hang out and do these sorts of thing? I think it would be. I suppose that if I get fed up enough with the whole “work to pay the bills” thing then I could just do that.

But then how would I pay the bills? I can’t charge for hugs when others are giving them away for free. I guess I’ll have to come up with some new kind of hug and patent it. Then I can charge whatever I want!

About Beau Woods

Beau Woods is a cyber safety innovation fellow with the Atlantic Council, a leader with the I Am The Cavalry grassroots initiative, and founder/CEO of Stratigos Security. His focus is the intersection of cybersecurity and the human condition, primarily around cyber safety, ensuring connected technology that can impact life and safety is worthy of our trust. Over the past several years in this capacity, he has consulted with automakers, medical device manufacturers, healthcare providers, cybersecurity researchers, US federal agencies and legislative staff, and the White House.

Posted on January 21, 2008, in Meandering Mind, USA and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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