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Free Hugs!

Postby KaosuHiryuu » Fri Dec 21, 2007 1:40 am UTC

I created a sign yesterday and walked around with it today. I noticed most of the "gangster" guys actually came up for a hug, while some of the normal people made comments such as "You're gay." 'Twas a bit strange :P

It was awkward when I went to my Philosophy class though, because we were on morality and ethics (Is an act ever truly selfless?). What would you guys say?

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Re: Free Hugs!

Postby @trophy » Fri Dec 21, 2007 1:45 am UTC

KaosuHiryuu wrote:I created a sign yesterday and walked around with it today. I noticed most of the "gangster" guys actually came up for a hug, while some of the normal people made comments such as "You're gay." 'Twas a bit strange :P

It was awkward when I went to my Philosophy class though, because we were on morality and ethics (Is an act ever truly selfless?). What would you guys say?



I could use a hug... and if I were still in school I'd sooo try it there. But I'm out in the real world, and if I did that at work they'd look at me funny and then fire me for thinking outside the box.
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Re: Free Hugs!

Postby Kikral » Fri Dec 21, 2007 1:50 am UTC

*hugs for the hell of it*

I don't think I'd be allowed to do this in school, as it is considered a Public Display in McKinney...Stupid MISD and their strict mindsets.
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Re: Free Hugs!

Postby Antimatter Spork » Fri Dec 21, 2007 2:00 am UTC

*e-hugs*

I wouldn't say it's a truly selfless act since everyone involved gets a hug out of it.

It's pretty cool that people do that sort of thing, though.
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Re: Free Hugs!

Postby MFHodge » Fri Dec 21, 2007 2:12 am UTC

I've given hugs to people with Free Hugs signs before. It's fun. I love a good hug.
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Re: Free Hugs!

Postby Verysillyman » Fri Dec 21, 2007 2:39 am UTC

I have taken hugs from people with 'free hugs' signs. But only the cute ones :P

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Re: Free Hugs!

Postby Ian Ex Machina » Fri Dec 21, 2007 2:45 am UTC

I love seeing the free hug signs people around, I always hug them :)
I wish there were more of them.
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Re: Free Hugs!

Postby mrcheesypants » Fri Dec 21, 2007 2:45 am UTC

Isn't there a free hug day in September?
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Re: Free Hugs!

Postby Verysillyman » Fri Dec 21, 2007 2:46 am UTC

Every day is free hug day here.

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Re: Free Hugs!

Postby stockpot » Fri Dec 21, 2007 3:12 am UTC

Those "Free Hugs!" signs always confused me. Do most people pay for their hugs?

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Re: Free Hugs!

Postby Ian Ex Machina » Fri Dec 21, 2007 3:15 am UTC

stockpot wrote:Those "Free Hugs!" signs always confused me. Do most people pay for their hugs?

Hmm, well you have to get to know people slighty before you hug them so, normal hugs cost time?
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Re: Free Hugs!

Postby Enigma90825 » Fri Dec 21, 2007 3:17 am UTC

I've never seen anybody with those signs, but I've heard of them....
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Re: Free Hugs!

Postby podbaydoor » Fri Dec 21, 2007 6:09 am UTC

In September a bunch of my friends and I + a bunch of random people with the same idea participated in Free Hugs day. We worked out the shifts so there would always be people around holding up large neon posterboard signs with "Free Hugs" written in several languages in the public speaking spaces of campus.

It was fun, but I got some of the same reactions as the OP...lots of hugs from unexpected sources; rolled eyes or uncomfortable ignoring from the WASPs or too-cool-for-cool liberal arts types. Sadly, a lot of nervous-looking nerds also refused. The local fire-and-brimstone street preacher refused. :(
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Re: Free Hugs!

Postby reishka » Fri Dec 21, 2007 6:20 am UTC

I have yet to see anyone with a 'Free Hugs' sign. If they had one, I'd hug them, as everyone needs hugs!

As far as an act being truly selfless... When you're selfless you sacrifice (something of) yourself for the greater good. So obviously, there is such a thing as a truly selfless act.. but giving hugs is not one of them. ;)

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Re: Free Hugs!

Postby podbaydoor » Fri Dec 21, 2007 6:32 am UTC

Honestly though, the debate about "is every act still the tiniest bit selfish" is kind of pointless, practically speaking. So perhaps on my Free Hugs day I did it to make myself feel better and set myself up on some smugly superior high ground. I still gave out hugs and I still made people smile, and perhaps I still made someone's day better. Mission accomplished.
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Re: Free Hugs!

Postby spelunker » Fri Dec 21, 2007 7:08 am UTC

It's a campaign, and it all started with a YouTube video apparently.

Awesome. We need more campaigns like this one, not that politics crap.

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Re: Free Hugs!

Postby Pirate.Bondage » Fri Dec 21, 2007 3:44 pm UTC

That actually sounds fun =]
I usually get a lot of hugs anyways, and around here people aren't so mean about stuff like that. Although there are some who don't like affection.
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Re: Free Hugs!

Postby El Senor Fruit Swing » Fri Dec 21, 2007 3:50 pm UTC

*hugs*
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Re: Free Hugs!

Postby ZeroSum » Fri Dec 21, 2007 3:53 pm UTC

I don't think being selfless requires sacrifice; I think it requires not caring if one does sacrifice.

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Re: Free Hugs!

Postby El Senor Fruit Swing » Fri Dec 21, 2007 3:56 pm UTC

Well define selfless,
Because one can be selfless as in always putting others needs and wants before your own needs and wants. Also one can be selfless as in not caring for ones self, or other selfless as in he cares for no one.
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Re: Free Hugs!

Postby aetherson » Fri Dec 21, 2007 3:57 pm UTC

I've seen people with the "Free Hugs" signs here in Austin, down on 6th street.
You'd be surprised which people will accept a hug from a stranger and which won't.
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Re: Free Hugs!

Postby Hephesus » Fri Dec 21, 2007 4:00 pm UTC

I'll take the hug.

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Re: Free Hugs!

Postby ZeroSum » Fri Dec 21, 2007 4:01 pm UTC

I do believe a selfless action is an action that is taken without regards to how it will affect oneself.

That said, I didn't take the last "Free hugs!" I was offered because the positioning would have made it awkward and there was so much other stuff to do that day.

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Re: Free Hugs!

Postby El Senor Fruit Swing » Fri Dec 21, 2007 4:02 pm UTC

Your monkey needs a Christmasy appeal to it
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Re: Free Hugs!

Postby Cheese » Fri Dec 21, 2007 4:03 pm UTC

I think that on the first day back to school after the holidays, I'll wear myself one of those. Although I'd probably be moaned at for not strictly obeying the dress code.
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Re: Free Hugs!

Postby optionalredmark » Fri Dec 21, 2007 4:15 pm UTC

I live my life with the idea that "selfish" is part of human nature, part of what makes a human - it's impossible for a human to not be selfish, in other words. It works quiet well in my practice. I'm honest and open about it, I tell people that I'll assume anything they do is selfish, and they should assume anything I do is selfish as well. Surprisingly, many people are put at ease by the declaration of total selfishness. Mind you, by "people" I talk too I mean people whom have become close in a manner that this conversation is warranted. Otherwise, it would seem as awkward as a proclamation of love to a person whom does not know me.

Anyway, I define 'selfish' from the first part of the second term;

2: arising from concern with one's own welfare or advantage in disregard of others


I believe as humans we're incapable of thinking in such a manner as to not concern our own welfare - in example, even in a mother becoming a martyr to save her child, she has done so to soothe her desire to be selfless. "To be selfless," regardless of reason or situation, is still appeasing the welfare of one owns desire and mental decision. To do something for "the good of mankind" or "the good of the world" or "the good of society" is still doing something for the good of the environment we live in, and as such, involving one's own welfare.

I do think selfless is on a different level than selfish. I think a person can be 100% selfless, and still be selfish. They're different words with different meanings, only comparable when individual perception has not had time to inspect the meanings as applied to your own experiences. /imo, in other words.

edit - and oh, hugs are awesome. /hugs

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Re: Free Hugs!

Postby Hephesus » Fri Dec 21, 2007 4:17 pm UTC

El Senor Fruit Swing wrote:Your monkey needs a Christmasy appeal to it


My monkey?

I agree, but I do not have the skills to make it more festive... maybe I'll look for a more suitable image for the season.

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Re: Free Hugs!

Postby Berengal » Fri Dec 21, 2007 7:09 pm UTC

If I was a more sociable person, lived in a city (has more people) and a couple of friends who would join me, I'd do this tomorrow in various malls. Unfortunately, I have none of those (but could possibly persuade myself to be more sociable for a while if I had the other two).

As for selflessness:
I've had the belief, ever since kindergarden, that everyone is ultimately selfish. Discussing acts is pointless because it's the intentions that are interesting. As for defining selfless, I define it as the opposite of selfish for the purposes of this discussion. Selfish, when applied to intentions, is something you will gain from. Note that others might gain from it as well, even more than you might, and you may know this. You might not rationalise (by rationale I mean whatever you're aware of) this even, but (for lack of a better word) uncounciously you have made the assumtion that the act which you intend will have some benefit for you. This benefit may be something you can't even explain, which I in kindergarden called "a good feeling inside", and which I've yet to find a better description of. By a good feeling inside I'm including explainable good feelings like generosity or being a better person, but also feelings you can't explain. Here I was going to put an example of such a feeling I recently had, but upon meditating I think I might have found an explaination for what I felt, and I am thus going to postulate that such inexplicable goodness as you might feel you get can, upon further examination, be revealed to be explainable after all. This ties in with what I was going to say lastly anyway, and that is that the brain works out the pros and cons of an action without you having to be completely aware of how it does this, much like you can calculate 2 + 2 = 4 without being able to explain what happened in the '='. Most rational intentions are more complex, but are eventually broken down to more atomic parts your brain automagically knows the answer to, much like 17 + 54 is transformed to 50 + 20 + 1 (at least I usually do this. substitute for even higher numbers if you're very good at math), which you "already know" the answer to.
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Re: Free Hugs!

Postby LDJosh » Fri Dec 21, 2007 7:40 pm UTC

spelunker wrote:It's a campaign, and it all started with a YouTube video apparently.

Awesome. We need more campaigns like this one, not that politics crap.



Not quite. This has been very popular at anime conventions for decades. If you head to otakon in baltimore on any given year, you'll find atleast a dozen people with these signs, or sometimes "free glomps" which are the 'action hugs', such as running and jumping hug or the skipping hug, etc...
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Re: Free Hugs!

Postby segmentation fault » Fri Dec 21, 2007 7:48 pm UTC

i was on the subway one night when these 2 college kids were like "we have a favor to ask. no were not asking for money, we are just asking that you smile"

i lolled.
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Re: Free Hugs!

Postby PictureSarah » Fri Dec 21, 2007 7:50 pm UTC

It usually makes me feel good to see someone with a "Free Hugs!" sign, particularly when I see people hugging them...but I do not take the free hugs. I like free hugs in concept, but I do not like being touched by strangers, so I opt out of the hugs. But thumbs up to hugging people!
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Re: Free Hugs!

Postby @trophy » Fri Dec 21, 2007 7:50 pm UTC

Ian Ex Machina wrote:
stockpot wrote:Those "Free Hugs!" signs always confused me. Do most people pay for their hugs?

Hmm, well you have to get to know people slighty before you hug them so, normal hugs cost time?


And since time == money...
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Re: Free Hugs!

Postby Ian Ex Machina » Fri Dec 21, 2007 7:59 pm UTC

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Ian Ex Machina wrote:
stockpot wrote:Those "Free Hugs!" signs always confused me. Do most people pay for their hugs?

Hmm, well you have to get to know people slighty before you hug them so, normal hugs cost time?


And since time == money...


Exactly, it all comes down the to Economy of Hugs.
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Re: Free Hugs!

Postby Benny the Bear » Sun Dec 23, 2007 2:41 am UTC

/hug

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Re: Free Hugs!

Postby Ian Ex Machina » Sun Dec 23, 2007 2:43 am UTC

Benny the Bear wrote:/hug

/bearhug ?
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Re: Free Hugs!

Postby Yawgmoth » Sun Dec 23, 2007 2:45 am UTC

I'd only accept the free hugs from the hot girls, and people I would be amused to hug (like the really flaming guys). Free hug day has helped be beat down my social anxiety disorder, little by little.

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Re: Free Hugs!

Postby Azraelle » Sun Dec 23, 2007 3:00 am UTC

LDJosh wrote:
spelunker wrote:It's a campaign, and it all started with a YouTube video apparently.

Awesome. We need more campaigns like this one, not that politics crap.



Not quite. This has been very popular at anime conventions for decades. If you head to otakon in baltimore on any given year, you'll find atleast a dozen people with these signs, or sometimes "free glomps" which are the 'action hugs', such as running and jumping hug or the skipping hug, etc...


Also happens at furry conventions. I've often noticed how very friendly people are when they're together in groups of like-minded strangers.
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Re: Free Hugs!

Postby Stief » Sun Dec 23, 2007 3:50 am UTC

A girl was walking down the street downtown once shouting "Free hugs" and I didn't :(

On a slightly stranger strain of "Free ____", me and my friend planned to make a "Free eggs" stall at the fountains where most people hang out...Just for the hell of it...
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Re: Free Hugs!

Postby Maseiken » Sun Dec 23, 2007 3:53 am UTC

I saw some of these signs, there were 6 of them and they were clearly school-girls, but one of them would hold the sign, while the other wrote down stuff on a clip-board.

It was quite bleedingly obviousy a school project, which defeats the purpose on both counts....
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Re: Free Hugs!

Postby Plague » Sun Dec 23, 2007 4:04 am UTC

I wonder why no one's made a Free Hug's T-Shirt.

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