Why do people shake hands?
The story is that in Medieval times, people starting shaking hands when they approached one another. They didn't trust one another in those days, so each person extended his right hand and shook the other person's right hand to show that neither one had a knife or weapon in hand.
Of course, neither one knew what was in the left hand.
I avoid shaking hands as much as I can. It is an ancient custom that should be stopped. There is no modern reason for it. Some may think it is a form of greeting.
The only greeting that happens is that germs on our hands greet each other.
Say no to handshakes.
(Letter published May 1, 2009 in The Maui News and May 7, 2009 in Lahaina News.)