A civilization’s form of greeting is often a window into their culture. I’m not familiar with very many, but this theory makes my point, so I’m going with it. In China, a familiar greeting since the Cultural Revolution has been, “Have you eaten?” Now this equals a casual, "Hello," but back then it was a way of saying that you cared for the person. And think about us here in the US. We love the casual and short, "Hi," and when we say, "How are you?" we don't want a real answer. Please just give us the accepted, "Fine. How are you?" back. We love our self-sufficiency and independence!
A few weeks ago in church one of the pastors mentioned that the Hebrew greeting of "Shalom" has so much more meaning than just peace. I was interested, so of course, I googled it. The first hit was a short essay with this reference in it:
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