Let’s ring in a new year of kindness to strangers

THERE are two kinds of people in this world: people who see a lost glove on the ground and glance around for potential owners before popping it on a wall, hanging it from a hedge or placing it at the edge of the walkway to prevent a trampling, and monsters.

It’s odd, really, that the clever folk behind Tinder, OKCupid and the like haven’t recognised this crucial distinction. Romance-seekers can filter their searches by age, gender and location but there’s no tick-box to filter out those who would permit the muddying of a mitten or the contamination of cashmere. If a lost and lonely hand-warmer doesn’t tug at a person’s heartstrings, can you even be sure they are human? These sex robots we keep hearing about are getting awfy realistic.

Read the rest of this column at thenational.scot

First published in The National on January 5 2018.

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