This is no comfort to a family who have lost their son, their brother, their loved one, but I am giving much thought to how 'we' respond / as global citizens, as a nation and as individuals.
My instinct is that you can't kill 'good' - you can't kill dedication to the betterment of humanity - for these are qualities that live and indeed can grow within each and every one of us. They are powerful, so powerful in fact that they brought me back from from the brink of death.
Each person who saved my life in the aftermath of the London Bombings gave their ALL, not one person gave up hope, even though my situation was bleak. What I received was unconditional love - I felt it and drew strength from it. I am here today because a series of strangers put their lives at risk to save mine, someone they didn't know - each rescuer held me close and willed me to live.
Billions of people can TODAY make a choice to reach out, to give more, to be more empathetic and to make a commitment to humanity.
Thank you Abdul -Rahman Kassig for all you selflessly gave - may yours and the other lives taken offer us more than you could have hoped - may our collective 'good' rise to soaring heights, may we shine so brightly that we forever light the night sky.
Our Lives are Our Legacy:
Gill Hicks MBE
I was severely and permanently injured in the London bombings of 2005. I am determined to do all I can to deter anyone from following a path of extreme violent action and believe everyone can make a personal difference to create a confident global community and a sustainable peace.