If all people could learn to be more generous with their possessions and give freely to those in need, we could reduce the need for many government handouts. In contrast to socialism, an egalitarian society is not a society where the government tries to create forced equality. An egalitarian society requires people to be truly generous with their belongings. If a wealthy family regularly feeds a family that is less fortunate, the poorer family will eventually spend less on groceries and have more disposable income. It's rather idealistic and would require a tremendous shift in how we currently live as Americans, but an egalitarian society has potential to greatly reduce the need for government programs. It also promotes stronger relationships among a wide variety of people.
I do not believe that we should revert to a more egalitarian society, where all are considered equal. While this is a nice notion that may lead to a greater sense of unity among the nation- it's simply not what America was founded for. The beauty of American society is the ability to make something of yourself and climb the ladder of success through perseverance. If we were to form a more egalitarian society, Americans may lose our competitive drive.
The Middle Ages custom where the wealthy would eat meals with their entire household - even their servants - is a model for how our society should function. Our modern day society should become more egalitarian, where the rich and poor mingle more freely. This promotes an interchange of ideas and also challenges ingrained stereotypes, both of which help humankind move forward to a more enlightened state.
We should live in a more egalitarian society and treat all as equals, especially when it comes to breaking bread. Sitting down to a meal is an ancient traditions to celebrate in family and has lost its appeal to the younger generation. Today people seem to be more incline to eat on the run.