As the UK wakes up to the new world , for 48% of the voting public the perspective looking out of the window is looking as grey as the hair of Leave voters . This was not a landslide victory for the leave campaign- it was close. Only 4%.
There are many things which cause anger, hurt and upset in these results. However this article will not dwell on these things and whip up more hurt that is already present. Instead I write to beg those who rejoice in the result to merely consider the others. For some the 24th of June is independence day and for others it is far from it. It would be easy for the leave voters to be overt with their happiness and the remainers to start an influx protests.
However one message which is vital to hold close is that of The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. Before the vote he pleaded that whatever the outcome the public remains respectful and works towards peace, something which is needed now more than ever. Respect is something the campaign lacked throughout. Politicians threw low punches and made false promises. Regardless of the political rhetoric, respect can be shown by the voters. Lead by example by displaying empathy for those upset or happiness for those who rejoice. The simple message of being kind to one another is so vital today. In a world that isn’t always fair to its inhabitants kindness is the biggest weapon we own. It is bigger than any gun or tank and has the power to speak more words that any poster or political speech. Both campaigns ran awful tactics which would have tainted any victory. However, divisions shall be made by fear and anger at the result. The remainers shall point the finger at the 51% if anything goes wrong and the leavers shall snub the 48% if it works. If a sportsman did not shake his opponents hand at the end of a match, even if he hurt, it would be seen as bad form; not conforming to the ideals and morals of the game. The lessons of respect for one’s opponent is crucial now; the opponents aren’t politicians in Westminster, our opponents are our family members and friends. I beg anyone who reads this to approach this day, and every day in the following months with new levels of humility. It is easy to react, but harder to respect. This is not saying we should hold false opinions but merely exercise caution when expressing them. The journey ahead shall cause great uncertainty, politically, economically and socially. The Leave campaign may have won, but we didn’t vote to leave respect.