At a time when I have personally been urging members of the public to report unpleasant and offensive post-Brexit rhetoric to the police - with the racial hatred and xenophobia spreading across the UK, hearing these words normalised by a elected Member of Parliament is truly is a disaster for community cohesion in all parts of Britain.
As humans, we must raise our hands and accept that we all have a responsibility to look out for one another, regardless of skin colour, sexuality, faith or gender. For it is only when we fundamentally refuse to tolerate discrimination in its every form, can we wave goodbye to racism and embrace the fair and equal society humanity needs in order for it to truly prosper. Solidarity with Black Lives Matter.
As my birthday approaches on the 11th, I'm reminded how blessed I am. I'm burdened to be the change, not just write about it. I'm reminded of the many times I may not have made it this far through some of my life experiences - but thankful that I'm still alive. Some of our fellow brothers and sisters - Black, White, Middle Eastern & Asian - were not so lucky.
As a Buddhist, I have spent the last month - to the surprise of many - visiting the morning and evening prayers at my local mosque during this holy month of Ramadan. In brutal contrast, this morning I woke up to the news that my fellow Buddhists in Southeast Asia had just razed a local mosque to the ground.
The last century has taught us just how achievable change is, especially when it comes at both a national and individual local level - from people's perceptions about the morality of drink-driving, to the drastic reduction in the ubiquitous habit of smoking everywhere, and of course racism. But it takes a huge coming together of determined people. It takes showing that this is not what we are prepared for the United Kingdom to head towards, that this is not the new normal.
It may seem drastic to some to move country entirely. It may even seem cowardly to 'bail' on a country that has given so much over the years. But sometimes a break up should come when a relationship is no longer helping you grow as a person. And unfortunately, I don't think the UK is an environment that will help my children grow up as stable and tolerant people as long as their mother is getting racial abuse shouted at her.
So last week I wrote about how to cope with other people's negative emotions. The following day, the Brexit result was announced. The result packed such a big emotional punch that even though I normally try to keep out of politics, I felt I had to write about it. Brexit shows how difficult it can be to remain compassionate and balanced in response to a slew of anger and hatred.