Love is stronger than fear and hatred

I am once again reminded of the immense capacity for the human being to love, and the power of love over fear and hatred.

Hundreds of people lined up to give blood to help the victims of the shooting at the Pulse Night Club in Orlando. Volunteers amassed to assist those who were waiting in the queue for hours to make their donation. Local restaurants arrived with food donations, church groups brought bottles of water and local companies donated portable fans. Thousands stood united in love in vigils honouring those who tragically lost their lives.

For 77-year-old Bernard Kenny it was love for a fellow human being which no doubt compelled him to risk his life trying when trying to assist Jo Cox as she was brutally stabbed and shot by Thomas Mair.

Today, thousands of people pledged to #LoveLikeJo, who spoke out against hatred and extremism in all its forms and believed passionately in a love that is fierce, brave and humble and could cross any divide.

What strikes me is how strongly loves begets more love and how the response of love in the face of an act of hatred, even in its most extreme forms is infinitely more powerful and far reaching than than the hatred.

The speech you can hear in the below video featuring Lin Manuel-Miranda's tearful sonnet tribute to the Orlando victims at the Tony Awards sums it up beautifully:

When senseless acts of tragedy remind us
That nothing here is promised, not one day
This show is proof that history remembers
We live through times when hate and fear seem stronger
We rise and fall and light from dying embers/
Remembrances that hope and love lasts long
And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love
Cannot be killed or swept aside

Let us all stand together united in love so that we can work together to create the better world which Jo believed in. Any act of love, no matter how small makes a difference. Like a phoenix love can and will rise through the flames that burn from hatred.


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