Love Trumps Hate

Today it would be so easy to focus on the worst of humanity. The bombing in Manchester rocked the UK to its core meanwhile in other parts of the world there are atrocoties being commited every day. Yet, despite all this, today we have been surrounded by outpourings of love; for the missing, the wounded and the dead as well as for those people who have been working tirelessly to find, help and support people.

I have read of taxi drivers offering free lifts to safety, a homeless man who has nothing giving everything to help the dying and wounded, local people offering up their spare rooms and living rooms as safe havens for people to recover from the shock of the blast before they attempted to make their way home and all day today everyone doing what they could via social media and word of mouth to help find people who are still missing and reunite people with their possessions that were lost during the rush to exit the venue.

As the victims are named over the coming days I’m certain there will be offers of support be that financial, practical or emotional to all of the families and friends affected by this horrible event. Meanwhile those who weren’t directly affected in terms of a lost love one may well still be struggling. Traumatic events like this and the way our media goes in to a frenzy over them can open old wounds for victims of trauma and those suffering from mental health problems often struggle to cope also.

It’s ok to want to talk about these things, it’s ok to not want to. It is difficult to completely avoid news about the event but if you want to pretend it’s not happening and go about life as normally as possible that’s fine and equally if you want to mark the event and attend vigils etc that’s fine too. How you deal with and process events like this is a very personal thing and there’s no right or wrong way to do it.

Be kind to people, be considerate and most importantly don’t let events like this stop you living your life. It is frightening and unsettling but we can’t live based on what might happen. Live, laugh, love and know that when disaster strikes, the human race has our backs.

V ❤

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5 thoughts on “Love Trumps Hate

  1. Charlotte says:

    As much as I love the stories of people coming together like this, I wish it didn’t take such a horrific event for people to come together if you get what I mean? I wish we could let go of some of the trivial shit that we deal with day to day and spend more time loving!

    Also I agree people deal with things in different ways and there’s been sooo much judging on Twitter I’m glad I’m on nights so haven’t been awake to see all the drama! I had to stop looking at the news as I was becoming obsessed.

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  2. Giana says:

    great post, when tragedies like this happens it shows how cruel the world can be but also how many good people there are in it too. Hopefully one day we can reach a point where this is everyone x

    G

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  3. Sarah Athow-Frost says:

    Great balanced article. Crises like this just act as a magnifying glass, amplifying the best and the very worst that humans are capable of. I think it’s beyond reprehensible that someone would do this. Often it feels like things are too broken to fix these days.

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  4. Rebecca Claire says:

    I’ve actively avoided reading actual news articles about what happened in Manchester, instead I’ve been seeing all the social media posts (in my carefully constructed timelines) of the positivity that’s come out of it. It is sad that it takes something so awful to make people come together but at the same time it is beautiful to see.

    Rebecca, libfemblog.com xo

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  5. hannahinternational says:

    I’m reading this after what happened in London last night, and the same thing has happened. People came together to help in a desperate time. The Sikh gurdwaras opened offering food and drink to anyone who needed it, and I saw several bloggers on my Twitter timeline offering shelter at their homes close to the event. As others have said, it’s a terrible shame that something so awful has to happen to pull people together the way they do, but it’s incredibly reassuring to know that people want to help people, no matter who, what, where, when, why or how.

    Hannah
    hannhainternational.co.uk

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