We have a duty to live well without hatred
Having moved to Manchester when I was 18 and having spent the next eight years there, I have always felt that, to a certain extent, I was "made in Manchester". Owing to this, the events of last Monday night at the Manchester Arena have felt all the more distressing.
Over the last few days, in addition to the awful spectacle of anguished parents and the pictures of the missing and the dead, the sluice-gates of social media have poured out all manner of idle gossip, from mealy-mouthed apologists to hate-mongering weirdos.
While it may be natural to experience the tribal impulse for revenge or exoneration, it is important not to end a day with anger in one's heart. With no reason to believe that this is the last we will hear about such crimes, we have a duty to live well and without hatred. It is the same duty as resisting the corruption that breeds atrocities such as that of last Monday night.
The symbol for Manchester is the worker bee: industrious, productive and co-operative. It is to such better aspects of our character that we should turn in times such as these.
Strabane, Co Tyrone