His comments about the disappearance of the dinner table in England reminds me of Booker T. Washington's perspective. In UP FROM SLAVERY he describes the informal nature of dining among sharecroppers and his desire to see Black families sit down at the table and eat together formally. Ceremonial dining was one of the values instilled at the early Tuskegee Institute. Washington would be so disappointed to see today's informal style and such a disappearance of the dinner table.
posted on 09/20/2005 8:07:47 AM PDT
(Where is our Charles Martel? Who will be our hammer against Islam?)
Thanks for the interesting point.
It reminds me how somebody said that the lower classes used to strive to improve themselves by imitating the high society in good language, proper manners and chivalrous attitudes ("to have some class" - even the language itself notes this phenomenon). Now the so called high society speaks crass language and imitates crass attitudes. And everything evens out with the lowest common denominator.
posted on 09/20/2005 8:32:45 AM PDT
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