This weekend we have once again, in the UK, seen the best and the worst of humankind. Another appalling attack but amazing stories from those who helped with the aftermath. Along with a wonderful concert organised by Ariana Grande to benefit those hit by the previous attack, just twelve days before. It is hard to find the words to describe how this rollercoaster of events makes us feel, isn't it?
We want to know what happened during the attacks but we are scared and upset by the media coverage. We enjoy the concert but feel dreadful about the reasons it has been put on and guilty that so many will not have seen it because they've lost their lives. We know that those who carry out the attacks must feel angry and desperate in order to do such things but we cannot condone their methods. We want to be tolerant of all religions and sections of society. But it is difficult not to be fearful of what might happen next.
And on top of that, we have to vote in an election this week. An election which has been called on the back of another kind of huge division within our country. With an electoral system which does not make most of us feel that our votes count.
I believe we must still very definitely vote for the benefit of the many and not just the few, though. We must not vote for a party which will destroy our health, social care and education systems just because they might appear to talk tougher about security in the wake of the recent tragic incidents.
These hideous attacks are carried out by the very few and they affect relatively few (although that is not to in any way lessen the awful suffering, I know). The emergency services are already stretched by such incidents. What will it be like if the NHS has been allow to crumble and we are still dealing with such events? And how will we begin to talk to the coming generation of disenfranchised and frustrated young men and women who will carry out future attacks if they cannot receive decent education, social support? To say nothing of the funding needed for community policing - not just firearms.
Now, more than ever, we need a cohesive and supportive society. One which benefits as many of us as possible. It is ordinary people who are bearing the brunt of the attacks, it is state-funded services which are dealing with the aftermath.
I sometimes include an element of family history in my blog posts. This is not one of them. But it is, once again, about the world our descendants will face. And we must take that responsibility seriously.