Dani Garavelli: You have been watching… the UK sitcom
From time to time my youngest likes to expound on his theory of the universe. It goes something like this: we are all avatars in a cosmic computer game, being propelled around an infinite screen at the whim of some unseen force who has taken possession of the master controller. We keep on running – taking out other players, levelling up where we can – but eventually, at a predestined time, our luck runs out and we fall lifeless to the ground. It’s a bit nihilistic for one so young, though, in its acceptance of an interventionist Deity, not so very different from Catholicism.