Utopia: Why do people eat at home?
In the nation of Utopia (in the book Utopia by Thomas More, published 500 years ago, modern translation by Paul Turner), no one eats at home:
At lunch-time and supper-time a bugle is blown, and the whole Sty assembles in the dining-hall – except for anyone who’s in hospital or ill at home. However, you’re quite at liberty to take food home from the market, once the dining-halls have been supplied, for everyone knows you wouldn’t do it unless you had to. I mean, no one likes eating at home, although there’s no rule against it. For one thing, it’s considered rather bad form. For another, it seems silly to go to all the trouble of preparing an inferior meal, when there’s an absolutely delicious one waiting for you at the dining-hall just down the street.
This makes a lot of sense to me. Why is our society organized around people eating at home?
When I attended college, everyone ate at a cafeteria. I have to say that I liked that system a lot better. Why can’t that system of eating be expanded beyond college?