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No 147. On living in a polarised world

The last couple of years have been full of shocks and surprises, politically, not just in the uk but all over the western world. The pattern appears to be polarisation, people migrating to either the populist far right, or to the socialist far left. It's an exciting time because you never know what is going to happen next. It is also a dangerous time, because polarisation lies at the heart of every revolution and every war. Those of us who look on at these events, maybe with excitement, maybe with fear, can find ourselves feeling helpless. What can we do to assuage the divisions, the hatred, the intolerance, that seems to be the hallmark of these times? I met a woman the other day. She was