In the aftermath of tragedies inspirational people often emerge showing that compassion and love are greater than hate.
And the New Zealand mosque terror attacks was no different, with accounts of heroism, self-sacrifice and acts of forgiveness, despite the unimaginable pain.
The country’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has also inspired the world with her heartfelt and immediate response to the tragedy.
Aged just 38, her compassionate and heart-felt reaction, has seen her mourn with grieving relatives of the 50 victims of Friday’s gun massacre.
And footage of her holding them, wearing a scarf over her head as a mark of respect, have rendered meaningless 28-year-old Brenton Tarrant’s own gesture of flashing a white power sign during his court appearance.
Praise for the party leader, who has been in office for nearly 18 months has been unanimous as she promised to cover funeral costs, provide financial support for families affected and change gun laws.
Cristina Nicolotti, Sky News’ director of content, tweeted: “I’ve been incredibly impressed with the compassion, composure and determination shown by Jacinda Ardern in this dreadful crisis.
Sharon Thompson, Labour councillor of North Edgbaston, said the New Zealand PM “has shown the world what true leadership can look like.
“Empathy, understanding, action and unity - I applaud this woman for her compassion and not being afraid to lead NZ with real love.”
And Islamic Theologian and Scholar Dr Yasir Qadhi spoke for many Muslims around the world when he wrote: “What a noble leader Jacinda Ardern is!
"A true role model for our times. I might not have known your name before… but you have forever won our respect, and the respect of millions around the globe.”
Within hours of the shooting on Friday morning, the Kiwi leader was already at work to bring her country together and reassure Muslims of their place in her society.
“They are us. The person who has perpetuated this violence against us is not,” she said in a moving statement.
And she used the same language to speak to the killer, pointing out the New Zealand is made up of people of more than 200 ethnicities and 160 languages whose values would not be shaken by the murders.
“You may have chosen us - we utterly reject and condemn you,” she said.
The next day she went to Christchurch, taking with her the leaders of all political parties, not just her own.
Images of her on the verge of tears, consoling victims’ relatives and hugging the grieving, flew around the world.
One photo, in particular, went viral - dressed in a hijab, her face a picture of grief as she listened during a meeting with Christchurch’s Muslim community.
And she was seen hugging sobbing relatives tightly and holding their hands outside the city’s Kilbernie mosque, before laying flowers and paying her own tribute to victims at a makeshift memorial.
But onlookers have also seen her uncompromising side, in particular in rebuttals she has made to Donald Trump.
When asked during a press conference on Saturday if she agreed with the US president's comment that he doesn’t see white nationalism as a rising threat, she answered simply: “No.”
She also noted that Trump was among the international leaders who called to offer support, saying: “He very much wished for his condolences to be passed on to New Zealand.
"He asked what support the US could provide. My message was sympathy and love for all Muslim communities.”
When she was asked how Trump responded, she said: “He acknowledged that and agreed.”
And markedly unlike Trump, rather than simply offering thoughts and prayers she has vowed to ban semi-automatic weapons in the country, saying: “I can tell you one thing right now: Our gun laws will change.”
While it took a tragedy for Ms Ardern to come to the attention of many around the world, she has long been seen as an impressive and compassionate leader in New Zealand.
She became the youngest sitting MP in Parliament after being elected in 2008 aged just 28.
The daughter of a veteran New Zealand police officer, she began her career working as a researcher in the office of the then-Prime Minister Helen Clark.
She then volunteered in a soup kitchen in New York, before spending three years in the UK as a policy advisor of British PM Tony Blair.
Her rise to become New Zealand’s 40th PM was so meteoric it was dubbed Jacindamania.
In March 2017 she was unanimously elected deputy leader of the Labour Party, before taking over as leader in August, then running in - and winning - the country’s general election the following month.
Aged just 37, she was the youngest Prime Minister in New Zealand for 152 years.
And in office she continued to show that leadership could be different.
In her maiden speech, she referred to herself as a "social democrat" who "believes strongly" in the "values of human rights, social justice, equality, and democracy, and the role of communities".
Among many other issues, she is a big advocate of climate change, wants to reduce poverty and homelessness in the country, give young New Zealanders free tertiary education and decriminalise abortion.
Known as a frugal leader, soon after she was elected she froze MPs salaries and insisted that her ministers use carpools to get to events.
Last year she became only the second world leader in history to give birth while in office - the first was Pakistan’s late two-time PM Benazir Bhutto.
By coincidence, at 37 she was the same age as Bhutto, and gave birth to baby Neve Te Aroha on exactly the same day, June 21, as the Pakistani leader did 65 years earlier.
New Zealanders were so excited about the birth of her baby hundreds knitted boots and hats, and volunteered for babysitting service, as her due date grew closer.
In September Ms Ardern made history again by becoming the first female leader to attend the United Nations general assembly with her baby in tow.
She even played with her three-month-old daughter before giving a speech at the Nelson Mandela peace summit, and while she spoke her partner and stay-at-home dad Clarke Gayford held the baby on his lap.
Ms Arden insisted on paying for Clarke’s tickets to New York and other expenses out of her own pocket.
Clarke posted a photo on Twitter on Monday of Neve’s security pass, which read “first baby”.
He added: “I wish I could have captured the startled look on a Japanese delegation inside UN yesterday who walked into a meeting room in the middle of a nappy change. Great yarn for her 21st (birthday).”
Asked by the Today show on the US NBC network if it was harder to govern New Zealand or take her daughter on a 17-hour flight, Ardern responded with a laugh and said, “it felt at the time on par", adding that she had apologised to her fellow passengers in advance.
And she said she hoped she could help pave the way for other women to be able to work and raise children at the same time.
She said: “If I can do one thing, and that is change the way we think about these things, then I will be pleased we have achieved something.”
Ms Ardern has also impressed many with her commitment to a kind and more empathetic politics, shown by her refusal to capitalise on mistakes made by opposition leader Simon Brides.
She has also been honest about mistakes and shows a willingness to be held to account, an attitude which has led some to criticise her for showing “weakness”.
But Dr Claire Timperley, a political scientist at Victoria University believes they are misguided.
She said: “She is putting her neck out by saying ‘I want to claim kindness’ - kindnesses can also be interpreted as weaknesses.
“I think she is being very intentional in trying to change the language around leadership, and saying actually you can be kind and you can also be strong.”
Through the heartbreaking events of last week, Ms Ardern confounded her critics and showed the world that compassion and kindness can make for strong and bold leadership, something many around the world wish their own leaders would aspire to.
The feeling was summed up by the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper, which said in an editorial: “Ardern is a leader for our times, and we should follow her example.”