Well, I am a sadder person today.
It feels like the events of this weekend have somehow tainted everything I see and believe in, and have made me wish that I could scoop my children up in my arms and take them somewhere where none of this is really happening.
I was brought up to believe that you judge a person by what is on the inside, not what is on the outside.
I was brought up to believe that the place of your birth is not your birth right. It is an accident over which you have no control, and it does not give you superiority over anyone else. To take this to its logical conclusion, are you a better person than me because you were born in Worcestershire, for example, or in the LE2 postcode? If I asked you this, you would think I was stupid. Yet so many people make so many judgements about others because of where they had the fortune or misfortune to be born and grow up.
I was brought up to believe that being a human being is more important than judging someone for having a vagina or a penis, again, not something you get to choose, something you are born with, right?
I was brought up to believe in personal responsibility, not in putting blame on the underdog for what I cannot have.
I was brought up to believe in treating other people as I would wish to be treated myself, not in using anyone and everyone as a whipping boy so that I do not have to take responsibility for anything I do not like.
I was brought up to believe in extending a helping hand to those who are less fortunate than myself, because one day, that less fortunate person might be me and I would wish the same generosity of spirit extended to myself.
After this weekend, my children will live in a world where:
Books are banned, not because of their literary merits, but because of where in the world they came from.
Where a political party who believes in isolationism as the answer to all our problems is rising through the ranks.
Where a political party who believes that women should no longer benefit from maternity pay, nor be given equal rights within the work place are gaining popularity.
Where a political party that wants to dismantle our free health service is being championed by people who cannot afford private health care.
Where a political party that has representatives who believe that there is no rape within marriage and that gays are responsible for weather patterns is gaining power.
Where a boy who couldn’t get laid gunned down 6 women because he decided they were the reason he was still a virgin and they had to be punished.
Where when this information came out on Twitter, people were applauding him, because women are the reason that we are in the mess we are in right now, apparently, and the less of them there are in the world, the better.
I do not have the words, but I can only say to my children that I am sorry that this is the world you will inherit. Sorrier than I can express.