It is easy to be compassionate when life is good and things are going well, it is a lot harder when life is tough and the future looks less secure. During those times it is natural to want to circle the wagons and become more insular.
But the trick to being a decent human being is to NOT do those things, no matter how tempting they are, no matter how much you are told that they are the right things to do.
Yesterday Britain failed in that attempt..failed by not trying. Failed by handing the keys to the loudest fear-mongers, the people most able to hide the truth, the ones who told us it was acceptable to put ourselves first and make villans of our victims.
And for a millisecond I wondered whether they were right. Would life be easier if I stopped caring about what happens to my fellow humans? Would I be lauded for excessively providing for myself and my family at the expense of less fortunate people?
Maybe, but I would end up hating myself more than I hate the people who live like that now.
So I will carry on, as painful as that is right now. I’ll be the sap who gives away her money to scroungers and con-artists because no-one really aspires to live like that. I’ll be the one who tries to feel the injustices in order to be a better ally and I’ll be the one who does the right thing…even when the wrong thing is easier.