I am not a hugger.
It’s not just because I’m an introvert, though I’m sure that has something to do with it. Nor is it because it’s inherently awkward—though it is, in fact, inherently awkward.
No, it’s because the number of people I like well enough to hug can be counted on Frodo’s left hand—and that would still leave an extra finger.
These days, though, everyone hugs everyone else, for no apparent reason other than that’s just what we’re supposed to do. But no more. In this era of wanton familiarity and unchecked intimacy, Jerry Seinfeld took a stand. He’s a true American hero. He deserves our thanks.