In the interest of full disclosure, I must say that I eat alone on a regular basis. In fact, I’m getting ready to leave for a lunch break in which I will be eating entirely by myself. Is this pathetic? That question arises from viewing this blog dedicated entirely to pictures of people eating by themselves. There is absolutely no commentary provided by the owner of the site as to whether these pictures are intended to be funny, cruel, pathetic, etc.. Andrew Sullivan calls it “a sort of Rorschach test,” and in many ways it is. I originally felt sorry for these people, but I’ve already stated that I eat by myself on a regular basis. If I view these people as pathetic, then its fair to assume that a fair amount of people view me the same way.
So why do we view lonely eating as being lonely? Chances are most of the people have very good reasons for eating alone that do not include any feeling of loneliness, yet I feel sorry for them. I don’t have that feeling when I see a 300 pound woman in a pink thong and Steelers jersey on People of WalMart. I simply mock those people, but somehow feel pity for someone simply eating alone in a restaurant. It is very strange. Thoughts?