I endeavour to approach the world with humanity and warmth.

With an open heart and an open mind, I endeavour to approach the world with humanity and warmth. For only by embracing others in this way, with respect and love, do I have the right to expect the same from others toward myself.

Just as I thought, this afternoon, that I had begun to gather my thoughts as we approach then end of an horrific week; another heart-shattering blow has struck.

That anyone should be brutally murdered whilst simply going about their daily business is an event for which I simply cannot find the words. That the victim of such a heinous crime should be an elected representative of the citizens of our country, a member of Parliament, shot and stabbed whilst meeting her constituents strikes to the very core of our democracy.

Jo Cox was, by all accounts, a simply wonderful person. Not just a fantastic MP but someone who had done valuable work for Oxfam, who had campaigned tirelessly for the rights of vulnerable populations in Syria and Palestine, someone who has begun to raise a beautiful young family.

This afternoon, but a few short minutes after the untimely death of his wife, of the mother of his daughters, Brendan Cox released a statement saying:

“Today is the beginning of a new chapter in our lives. More difficult, more painful, less joyful, less full of love. I and Joe’s friends and family are going to work every moment of our lives to love and nurture our kids and to fight against the hate that killed Jo.

“Jo believed in a better world and she fought for it every day of her life with an energy, and a zest for life that would exhaust most people.

She would have wanted two things above all else to happen now, one that our precious children are bathed in love and two, that we all unite to fight against the hatred that killed her. Hate doesn’t have a creed, race or religion, it is poisonous.

“Jo would have no regrets about her life, she lived every day of it to the full.”

Hate doesn’t have a creed, race or religion, it is poisonous. My heart bleeds; for Jo, for Brendan, for their family and friends and colleagues. However, I will not hate the person who committed this terrible crime.

Nor will I hate the person responsible for the horrific massacre in Orlando on Sunday.

Hate is poisonous.

My mind, and my heart, will remain open. Open with a warmth to all, open with an expectation that the humanity that I show to all others will be returned. Open in the knowledge that the only way to shape a better, safer, world is to do just that.

Posted, in part, as a response to the WordPress Daily Post.


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