Have you ever noticed how food can bring people together? It is amazing that even the grumpiest curmudgeon or the shyest of introverts can be brought to animated and extensive conversation when it comes to the subject of food.
s love, life and the heart of society. Food brings people together. It is the shared flavors of friendship and community.
Wherever people congregate, a long wait in the grocery line, a business meeting, a neighborhood festival or a date with old friends, the subject of food invariably creeps into the conversation. Food breaks down barriers. More than anything else in society, food binds people together. And, now, with so many foods imported and exported from many different places, we are all interconnected.
Our attitudes and behaviors center around food. We may have learned how to behave or not behave at the dinner table. We may have learned how to curb our selfishness at meals when we were children. Mom said, "share" or "save something for someone else," or even, "think about all those starving children in...."
Food can set off an emotional charge also. What do we feel when we hear that many people starve in many countries for lack of food production, while in others, people get certain illnesses because of eating too much food? Food is a common denominator. We all need it. We all have different relationships with food. We may either love or hate it. Or, it may be that we can take it or leave it.