In this era fraught with coronavirus worries and new advice coming seemingly every day, I’d like to propose a new replacement for the germ-filled handshake. Let’s revive s Vulcan salute from Star Trek, a simple and sanitary gesture that’s just as useful as a handshake greeting, and 10 times more charming.
Even if you’re not a huge Star Trek fan, you likely know the gesture. Actor Leonard Nimoy, who , invented it himself. The actor would raise his hand with the palm facing forward, thumb extended, and his middle and ring finger parted. It’s often accompanied with the spoken words “live long and prosper,” sometimes paired with the words, “peace and long life.”
Nimoy told the L.A. Times that he based it on the Jewish Priestly Blessing that impressed him as a child. It became so well-known that President Barack Obama and 1960s icon Timothy Leary, among others, greeted Nimoy with the famous gesture, he said.
Now, with churches advising congregants not to shake hands for the sign of peace, the Queen of England wearing gloves for an investiture ceremony, and Washington governor Jay Inslee announcing he’s not shaking any more hands, it’s time for the Vulcan salute to become our new greeting.
Even Star Trek’s own Mr. Sulu, actor George Takei, is promoting the salute.