"Individuals are no longer what they used to be, each is unique. That makes a big difference to how they work. Each one is an enigma. There are six billion people whom we need to discover. We are now in the same position as the scientists of the last century, discovering the different elements and molecules of the natural world. So there is no need to feel lost or aimless. There is a wonderful adventure before us."
Imagining breaking the ice between strangers....even, during everyday situations like sitting on a bus. Theodore Zeldin shows us how.
Zeldin, whom I had the pleasure to meet in Oxford in 2008, says that "enough is known, enough has been written, about what divides people; my purpose is to investigate what they have in common". This is work worthy of a lifetime, perhaps of many people's lifetimes.