Human Touch

To mitigate dangers in generalized touching, the Egyptians, for example, used aporphine from the Blue Lotus to extend their physiological proprioception to detect deception, deceitfulness, distrust, and doubt during touch exchange.

The Counterculture of the 1960s used it similarly to uncover the false narrative of the 'American Dream.' The Colorful Prince's collective follows suit with their use of psychedelics to witness and isolate duplicity and fraud during touch exchange.

Still, the benefits of indirect reciprocity far outweigh the negatives when considering its effect on unequal power dynamics in intimate social settings.

Indirect reciprocity reconfigures how participants, who are otherwise unequal in power, perceive each other. Naked association is an equalizer. The negative effect of power inequality is canceled, and participants are balanced through touch and generalized reciprocity, which will, over time, change the power structure itself.

The hope and promise of the Colorful Prince lie in a belief in the human touch. That touch can come in forms that promote physical and psychological well-being, and a warm, loving touch can lead to positive regenerative families that transform our built environment.