The UK and US are divided to an extent many of us haven’t seen in our lifetimes.
These divisions have gone beyond the historic milk v dark chocolate controversy.
Communities – even families – are being ripped apart over the relative merits of semi-skimmed v skimmed v full fat cow’s milk v goat’s milk v soya milk v almond milk.
But if there’s plenty that divides us, is there anything that can unite us?
In short, can we hold out any hope for the human race?
Or should world leaders press their big red buttons now and finish us off now?
Here’s a list of things that unite us – things that perhaps could form the basis of a new optimistic future. Or maybe not.
We all want to be loved.
The only problem being that some people think they have the right to dictate who we can love. Keep your noses out of our bedrooms, you bigoted arseholes. Just because you’re not getting any doesn’t mean you have the right to deny other people the pleasure of a richly fulfilling sex life. Jesus Christ Alight!
We all get ill.
And in the UK, we still have a publicly funded health service that’s free at the point of delivery. The NHS is a shining monument to the absolute best of human collective endeavour. Some sphincters hate it on principle. These are often the same people who think the world is 8,000 years old and who believe Queen Victoria is still on the throne.
We will all die.
Indeed, several thousand Americans will die prematurely this year at the hands of gun-toting fellow Americans. Just saying.
So there we have it.
We’re all human.
And we’re all up shit creek – and if we had paddles we’d probably beat each other to death with them.