At 1pm on a Thursday afternoon the world was torn apart for the friend and family of Jo Cox. As she departed from an afternoon meeting and trying to help the people she was elected to represent her life was stolen by a man who believes in the bullet over the ballot.
A man who will only have made the contribution of taking from a family a mother and wife, a daughter, a friend. His actions destroyed more than one life, they will leave a vacuum of pain and hurt that will never truly heal for so many.
I choose in this moment to celebrate her, her work, and her contribution instead of filling myself with rage. I hope that we can find the love and compassion to move forward with more love, more care, more affection for those around us. That is a principle this man with three bullets tried to take away.
I hope that her legacy is an improvement in our world as a reaction, a move away from the toxic path we seem hell bent on running down. I choose to remember her for her work with Oxfam, with the 3000 children of Syria she tried to help in the face of that same toxic atmosphere. Jo Cox was one of the brightest stars of the 2015 intake of new MP’s.
Jo Cox and I have both campaigned for Syria, for women rights and many other fundamental principles of decency. I may have not agreed with her on every point but I know from the speeches she made and the campaigns she fought that she was a woman of strong opinions and a tireless dedication to improving the lives of everyone in this world.
In these hours that follow the senseless murder that has broken so many hearts, I want to do what she did, roll up my sleeves and say how can I help make this better, how can I get involved, standing on sidelines while the fault lines in our society widen and people fall into them isn’t an option.
Let us turn away from the divisive nature of the debates we have had, let us reach out to each other even if we disagree, let us open dialogue based o the greater good rather than protectionism and pulling up of ladders on others. What greater legacy could there be than to increase our engagement, to create a new politics, to say how can I help.