Why do we do the Sign of Peace during Mass?

I have always cringed (and so do others, I see) at the ‘Sign of Peace’ during mass, where we are supposed to give each other a ‘sign of peace.’ Did not Christ say, “I leave you peace, My peace I give you, NOT AS THE WORLD GIVES…” So therefore, why must we offer each other the (obviously wordly) sign of peace? It seems proto-heretical (or, another Vatican II item that should be placed into the discard, along with 60s bellbottom trousers). Why must this hair-raising item still be a part of the holy mass? Sees that it is well past its time to be removed.

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