As Brits, our national instinct may be to maintain that stiff upper lip and to greet public displays of emoting with the cynicism we feel they warrant.
But, there was something inescapably heart-warming about last weekend's One Love Manchester Concert, a community-centred project conceived by an artist whose concert was targeted only a fortnight previously by the Manchester bomber, and had returned to the scene of undeniable trauma to host a fundraising concert in collaboration with her famous friends, just one day after terror once again struck the UK.
I, like many others, suspended my own disbelief at recent events and readied myself to turn a wry eye to the junior version of Live Aid, but I ended up feeling undeniably touched by Ariana Grande embracing her fans in a shared expression of solidarity.
Whilst the adults sought to further the debate on radicalism vs. religion, our children had a far more human and, dare I say, mature response.
They weren't looking to wallow in grief, or at the opposite end of the spectrum to mask their emotions. They realised there was little they could realistically do as individuals to defend themselves from those looking to cut their young lives short, so they might as well get on with the business of living it.
This generation of teenage girls seemingly learnt from the lessons of their 'mean girl' predecessors and acknowledged that by supporting each other and standing together in defence of their value system, love could only ever triumph.
The bravery shown by children faced for the first time with their own mortality just a fortnight previously, the sense that such intolerance of fundamental freedoms bred in them tolerance and respect, couldn't fail to touch even the hardest of hearts in the biggest cynics among us.
This generation are hammered for their use of social media, but they are using it more and more constructively, constantly liking each other’s pictures, sending inspirational messages, willing each other on, boosting each other’s self-esteem.