We really do need to define a Shared Future to make any discussion of it remotely helpful. To do so, first we have to assess where we are – both the boring stuff to do with history (which I’ll touch on another day), and in terms of basic humanity.
My stepdaughter hurried in the other day to play to her mum and me the latest “1D” single. It was awful. So awful, we couldn’t even begin to hide the fact. Objectively truly awful. Yet when we indicated this view, she reacted with disgust. In her world, 1D singles cannot be awful purely by dint of being by 1D!
There is a simple truth here that we do not assess everything rationally and objectively. When something is done by our group, our team, our party or our side, we are instinctively favourable to it; and when it is done by a rival group, or team, or party, or side, we instinctively seek to oppose it.
This is a simple fact of human existence and behaviour. Any plan for a “Shared Future” has to take this on board.