Over the last few days, we have all been deeply shocked by the killing of a young woman, a wife, a mother, a sister and an MP. A young women who was clearly respected by her colleagues and whose premature death has brought together people from opposing political platforms to publicly show their support for her family and  friends.

As thoughts of why begin, we hear a word that I have only heard in recent times.

Hatred.

We seem to live in a society now where instead of everyone pulling together, of respecting each other, some people have hatred in their hearts. To dislike someone is one thing but to hate someone, or someones views is an emotion I don’t understand.

I have learnt in the last decade that there are family members who actually hate one another, enough to try to destroy any possibility of any form of a relationship.

I have also had hateful comments made about me, sometimes by those I am trying to support and from people I have never met, via social media.

Our own MP Charlotte Leslie who works tirelessly for her constituents aired her views on this culture of hate, she herself has also received hateful deeds and comments.

From what I have read about Jo Cox, she was passionate about bringing people together, of working through our differences with respect and compassion.

Her sister said yesterday,   “focus on what which unites us and not which divides us”.

Those words must be the legacy for Jo Cox, a legacy that we must all try to strife to do, not every now and then but every day of our lives.

Yesterday I witnessed hundreds of ordinary people, of all generations focusing on one goal, they joined together to run, walk and stagger 5K, to raise money for Children’s Hospice South West, for all the right reasons, to do something for others less fortunate then themselves. Each person who took part in their own way showed all that is good in this country.

We must not allow hatred to spread, be it within our own families or on a wider scale.

Hatred has no place in the 21st century, but we have to work hard to make sure that  good will conquer evil.

It starts with us.

Jane