“I want to be good” the phrase, such a simple want, something a child would say. Yet as one grows older, one comes to realize that for such a simple want, it is very difficult one to be. Five words do not speak of a lifetime struggle, there is a cruel trickery in that, for all the easiness in wanting them they are that much more arduous to achieve.
“History reveres those who chose to be different as equally as the present that damns them.”
In the darkest hours of tyranny and oppression, to merely think becomes an act of rebellion.
“to live in the past is akin to having glass shards trapped inside one’s head, constantly reopening old wounds, and creating new ones. One ought to learn to live in the present, if they do not wish to perish from a thousand cuts”
“There may be no “I” in team, but there is in mankind and humanity, Yet “I” does not stand alone, it stands with others, becomes part of something much bigger than itself, acquires a significance far greater it could achieve on its own.”
“Upon your death if you leave your money and property in a generation it will be squandered, reduced to nothing. Leave this world knowledge and enlightenment, you left the world a limitless bank account from which all of mankind can withdraw from.”
Fighting for peace. A very paradoxical statement, For how can one achieve peace through conflict? Yet is a very true statement all the same. For it is not waging war upon ones enemies that one will achieve a measure of peace, rather it is through waging war upon oneself. To attack and question the part of himself that is so upset. To settle and calm what has been disturbed, make it so that is not disturbed again, so that it is in a state of peace.
The issue in the states of regarding the hatred towards the trans gendered, is not about the leftist versus rightist. Its an issue about common human decency. To say that its a new concept in of itself would be wrong and unjust for they have existed throughout history, but it is a new concept to me, to my understanding that it is and I do not know much about it, let alone understand in the same way who is trans-gendered would. It’s fine that I don’t understand, I may never will. What is not right is to expect an another human being who as much a right to exist and desire to exist as I, to conform, to conform only to bring comfort to my own ignorance. That is something I do understand.
So today is the birthday of a great personal hero of mine, The late Bhagat Puran Singh. The picture below exemplifies the rare quality in the man I have come to admire. In that even the dying for whom life has begun abandoned, are not beneath compassion or care. That human life no matter the condition is worth caring for, worth loving and nurturing. That a man no matter how difficult the odds must continue do what he feels is right. That is a bravery not written books or shown in movies very often. Yet a bravery that is very necessary in this world. The man though poor and with a grade 10 education, would in the eyes of many be regarded as a failure, yet he is not, for the man who through his actions has taught the true meaning of humanity something many schools and philosophers have broached yet few demonstrate, for it is not who is a person that defines their worth in this world, rather the what they do the life given that is.
“Freedom is not an achievement but an opportunity.” – Bhagat Puran Singh
Its not a question of if Sikhs are going to be political in this nation, that is inevitable, in that being duty bound to be involved with and serve the community, there are going to be some that will see fit to lead it. and they will and they have. Those that do however should not make common cause with conservatives. In doing so he must give up either being a Sikh or give up being conservative, that simply cannot co-exist without a person choosing one or the other. For it does not make sense to sit on the floor among as equals in langar on Sunday, yet sow further division among those same people the other 6 days of the week by cutting public services. Nor can he claim pride in the openness of his golden temple while working to close his nation to those in need of refuge from terror and strife. Nor can he claim to follow great man of past who opposed religious tyranny, yet seek to impose his own views on society, only replacing another’s religious philosophy for his own. Such people will claim their faith and heritage to gain votes, yet such people cannot be trusted for running with so they are either betraying one philosophy or the other.