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Human Parts
A publication about humanity from Medium: yours, mine, and ours.

Jason Schwartzman

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This Is Us

The nod as pandemic salute, time machine, and mystical communication device

Black and white superimposed image of a sculpture of a face.
Black and white superimposed image of a sculpture of a face.

You’re walking on an empty street in your hometown. Someone approaches and a meeting of some kind is inevitable. To ignore them would be an act in itself, since it almost seems, for a moment, like you’re the only two people in existence. Perhaps there is mistrust or fear or who knows, but there is an antidote, it turns out: the humble nod. That simple movement, if returned, can be a powerful act.

A nod is often something beyond language, whether you’re bopping along to music or offering affirmation when someone is telling a story. The slightest movement of the…

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