In the face of the photos, the world laughs under the table: Vladimir Putin is sitting at the table with the West – at a distance of a meter! Like Alec Guinness in The Little Lord with his grandson.
The table itself is just as absurd: ostentatious seven meters long, white lacquered oak with elegant inlays, on three mighty pedestals, costing 100,000 euros – and empty. Scholz may have banged on the table to back up his point, but might as well have banged on a concrete block.
Under the monster, Putin can drink a complete Russian destroyer crew! The Kremlin table is not only an expression of bad taste, but also of megalomania. Putin demonstrates: You have your feet under my desk here, my rules apply! Because the owner determines what is put on the table.
Without tables, our life would not work.
At the regulars’ table (originally the most important people in the village, the tribe so to speak) discussions are held. Paying homage to God on the altar, Jesus (a carpenter) invited his disciples to the table for communion. Decided at the green table (conference tables had green felt covers). You can lose everything at the gaming table.
Deals are ripped off (like finger hooking) or done under, in secret. The origins of the bank lie on the money exchange tables (It. banko) in Venice. And some only have the cat table, the floor.
Only those who are sitting at the table can have a say. Ideally at a round table where everyone has an equal voice, like King Arthur’s Round Table. A round table also ends the GDR.
In the authoritarian household there is a long table. At the head of the householder. He picks up the board when he’s had enough, the table top is carried out with all the food. He lets unimportant things fall under the table like leftovers. But: If the cat is out of the house, the mice dance on the table – no control over it.
Therefore, in history, the table is the meeting place of the powerful. First the pharaoh or high priest who sacrifices to the gods at the table and communicates with them. The altar table in the Temple of Solomon is said to have been made of solid gold. Later, rulers sat together at the table.
War and peace were then decided there. The negotiations of the Peace of Westphalia were a long sitting at the table with countless banquets. In Potsdam, the victors came clean with Nazi Germany at Cecilienhof Palace.
In the British Parliament, the governing party and the opposition sit opposite each other with a table in between.
But the most important thing is what is served. Best: dessert!