Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is not so much a hierarchy as a two tiered sponge cake …
The physiological needs – food, water, shelter – on which all other needs rely; the base and always the thicker twin of any cut sponge.
Self-actualisation; the top and invariably the more fragile, threatening to break until safely set in place.
And then the middle cream and jam; with time and ambient temperature, a fruit-punctuated mousse – those deficiency needs of Maslow’s: safety (personal, financial and health), love/belonging (friendship, family and intimacy) and esteem (respect from others and self).
New theories sensing that none are more, or less, important, that the other.
And as I was looking down at the needs – whether offered as the traditional pyramid or the less-traditional sponge – I was reminded of the value of a shared table; how a shared table could meet all of these needs, or assist in the meeting if all of these needs.
Food is such a large part of my life – but the majority of my meals are eaten alone …
… what, then, the impacts?