My words cannot do my sadness for today’s event justice, but I am reminded of a conversation I have had with my mother and I think that this needs sharing.
When I was struggling with the concept of terrorism and the fear, hurt and anger it brings my mother told me that she makes her own stand against the hate this spreads and that was not to allow it to consume her. My mother will not allow her life to be riddled with the fear and hate that these few people want to spread and that in itself is a stand against what these few want.
I think this is an important lesson, hate never changes hate. We cannot allow the persecution of a religion or race as an attempt to cure hatred. We cannot judge groups on the acts of minority’s. We cannot allow ourselves to spread racism because of our hurt.
I have seen some hideously angry posts which I fear will only to provoke other acts of anger.
I do not sympathise with those who act in such violent ways but I imagine those who commit these crimes are full of hate and I do not want to encourage this feeling. We are living during a time where we can take to social media to share thoughts and opinions with everyone else in the world and with this comes extreme responsibility, please do not take to your keyboard to spread thoughts of hate but simply thoughts of condolence.
I extend my thoughts to not only those involved and their family but those who will be spending their evening turning their sadness into acts of provocation.
Stay safe and stay kind.