I am honestly frustrated with the internet, truly I am. Sure people aren’t as ignorant as before because nowadays they can tell the difference between a Sikh and a Muslim, the saying oh leave them alone they are Sikhs not Muslims. Sure it is nice to get recognition, but what I can’t stand the subtext of the message, in that it is ok to harass Muslims. I also don’t like the Sikhs that campaign that seek to differentiate between the two. We as a faith have been told to stand against tyranny and suffered it many times throughout history, to differentiate between the two is to be complicit with tyranny by seeking favour with those perpetrate it. To be party with those that seek to subject others what we have ourselves suffered, we would not be worthy of calling ourselves Sikhs, for we have not learned anything. Such a policy only seeks to create a humanity divided and ruled, rather than united and lead. We should work together not let them recognize what is a Sikh and what is Muslim, rather teach them to recognize the basic human being that resides within both, differing only in the manner in with which they address what they regard as almighty. That to assault one human is to assault humanity itself.

 

For many its a new year, a chance to reflect upon the past to start anew afresh. Not for me so much, just another sunrise amid many seen and hopefully many to be seen. The desire to reflect and to change should not to be tied to when a number changes every 365 days , rather that impetus for that should be daily. What good have I done today? What wrong have I done today and improve upon for tomorrow? To ask oneself those questions does not take a year, but a mere moment or day. Even the sun that gives life to this earth arises new everyday and yet man feels to do the same much less frequently. How is it that man has forgotten that his life maybe measured in years, but is truly lived and experienced in moments, hours and days?

Funny how this picture taken almost 70 years ago, has as much relevance today as it did back then. This picture was taken in London at a time when the in biggest conflict humankind has faced was taking place. Britain along with its Commonwealth stood alone against Nazi Germany. They had endured many bombing raids on their cities and the war at that point for the most had been losing cause for them. Yet Santa still delivers his presents albeit with a helmet. Christmas and the holidays still went on, the compassion and generosity of the holiday season still went on, people’s ways of life still went on. 2016 has been a rough year for many of us, on a personal level and for the world at large with the looming spectre of extremism,Trump, Environment and the Economy. Yet like the man dressed up as Santa we as humanity must adapt to adversity¬†and demonstrate our way of life is worth carrying on and is something so powerful within us that it cannot be conquered easily through fear and uncertainty.

Photo Credits: ww2 photos colorized.

A Father Christmas wearing a tin helmet, walks along Regent Street, London.
23rd December 1940

(Photo source – ‘Life’ Magazine)

(Colorised by Sanna Dullaway from Sweden)https://www.facebook.com/sannadullaway