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Free Hug Campaign: Atlanta

Atlantans are awesome! *beams* this makes me so freaking happy!
the one that started it all always makes me cry with joy

Oh God/dess, I just watched the original again and I have tears pouring down my cheeks. It represents the whole human journey to me -- seeing someone reach out with this beautiful gift and everyone passes it up! until finally someone takes a chance and the world turns to color, and it builds and builds and more join in! Joy! Joy! JOY! until the authorities come in and say "this is crossing boundaries, no no" but instead of responding in anger they respond in LOVE *cries eyes out* and reach out and help those who are afraid of boundary-crossing (represented by the police, who are simply acting out society's laws). Really, could there be anything more beautiful?

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cyclops25503 ══╣╠══
I still think its quite sad what happened to Juan (the guy in Sydney who started the Free Hugs movement) :( Apparently the cops told him he couldn't continue it because he didn't have public liability insurance or something stupid like that. for stupid does it get? :P
belenen ══╣effervescent╠══
yes, but happy ending! People changed it (from what I gather). Says so on the official site! :D
cyclops25503 ══╣╠══
Oooh, awesome! :) I'll have to keep a lookout next time I'm down there (HOPEFULLY November!) :)
Emily Deschanel : Only when I sleep
bluebl00d ══╣Emily Deschanel : Only when I sleep╠══
The Sick Puppies song "All the Same" is perfectly matched to the footage of the original Free Hugs campaign and I get all chocked up whenever I see and hear it :)
belenen ══╣beautiful╠══
yes, it is matched so perfectly ♥
flyingshaman ══╣╠══
you are -so- beautiful and this was so beautiful it made me cry out in joy too.

*happy sigh*

the original made me sob too.
belenen ══╣kissy╠══
awwww ♥
flyingshaman ══╣╠══
dear god/dess, I just sobbed, totally, with all my being, AGAIN over that original (hadn't seen it in probably a year at least). oh gods, I love when people do that. It is SO beautiful. It is LIFE.
bel hearts aurilion
belenen ══╣bel hearts aurilion╠══
yes! it is LIFE! *squeezyhugs!*
flyingshaman ══╣╠══
eee! *hugs back to you!*
an american crime
acid_burns ══╣an american crime╠══
The original just makes me cry ♥
belenen ══╣beautiful╠══
yes, me too, so much!
tralfamadore ══╣╠══
I feel as though I've mentioned this before, so I apologize if you've heard this same kind of rambling already. However, every time I see the original video it brings up this memory in my mind. I was a part of a women's social organization when I was attending Truman State University. At the beginning of each year, in addition to electing individuals from the organization to serve as chairs of committees, we also selected students from the campus at-large to serve as "symbols" of our group. Mostly this was done in jest, for the purpose of choosing who we believed to be the most attractive, friendliest, or just plain funniest guys on campus. One of the positions we chose was referred to as the "Hug Symbol." The guy who filled this position took it upon himself that every time he saw a member of our organization, he would stop whatever he was doing, run up to us, and give us the biggest hug known to man.

I am by nature a person who thrives on touch and connection. If I'm close to you emotionally and physically and I'm not touching you, I probably want to be. However it seems that touch comes with so much social stigma and so many obligations that people can't just be friendly, be kind, be reassuring without having a hidden motive. But that Hug Symbol was absolutely one of the best things about my college experience. One semester he was in one of my classes, and so three days out of every week I knew I could go to that classroom and expect this all-encompassing OUTPOURING of tenderness. Oh, lord it made my heart swell just to fall into someone's arms without worry or regard.
belenen ══╣giving╠══
yes! You did tell me but I am SO GLAD that you told me again ;-) wonderful, wonderful story!
sidheblessed ══╣╠══
My fave bit in the new one is where they cuddle that dog. Aww!

I really love the original vid, if that guy is there when we go to Sydney I am certainly going to get my free hug! I do love that bit where they hug the cop. ^.^
belenen ══╣adoring╠══
oh lucky you! :D please give zir an extra hug from me if you do! ;-)
kittyfetus ══╣╠══
heyyyy *waves* i added you from the GLBT adding comm. adds back? :)
belenen ══╣effervescent╠══
I'll check out your LJ! thanks for adding me!
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