Published By: Matthias Paul Kuhlmey
Rough on the edges, the wooden frame worn, with subtle scratches in the whitened glass: After more than ten years, our family’s dining table has adapted to perfect imperfection, “holding” many stories, if not family secrets. Of course, in competition with sitting for a shared meal are always the convenient alternatives not necessarily involving this rather monumental fixture of our extended kitchen – a quick bite at the bar, another dinner out (with mostly strangers), or homework while stuffing our faces.
The benefits of shared meals are so astonishing that it may as well take an “investment guy” to make the case. Many areas of our communal life could be improved, if we were only to recognize that relatively small changes to the way we think about our meals, how we consume them, and in what company, will not only have a lasting impact on our overall wellbeing, but also offer more sustainable paths in areas such as education and healthcare. What comes along with this notion is the opportunity to reconsider the “competitive edge” that we, and most children already at a young age, are subjected to…
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