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someone having baptised and wearing all Ks and then watching someone being beaten to almost death while making excuses of visa or family, does it still make you a sikh?

asked 2016-06-29 12:58:11 -0500

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The other day I witnessed a beating of an innocent (muslim fellow driver) and the attacker kept thrashing him while thsi gentleman looking at the whole schene only few feet away. not doing a thing about it. This guy got beaten so badly that he almost lost his voice while asking for help " Please help me, help me, he is hurting me". someone jumped in and dragged this poor gentleman out of there to safety and called emergency services police and ambos. and then this guy in swaroop took a customer and took off in his cab. what do you think? is it the right thing to do? i popped the same question in a Gurudwara in local area where this guy who watched the whole drama and didnt attempt to save this guy and was shocked to hear the answer from a member that his life is more important and why should he get hurt as well? just because someone got hurt while saving that guy doesnt make him a better sikh than the one who was witnessing all this quietly. help. i am confused. is being sikh truly mean that if you have five Ks and then you are supposed to take sides of your fellow so called khalsa that are just look alikes? or does it make you a real sikh when you act like one? please excuse my ignorance in this matter and I humbly ask for forgiveness if I have been rude in asking for any comments on this. Gur Rakha.

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answered 2016-06-29 16:19:52 -0500

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Being a sikh means helping other people, not just other Sikhs, but the population in general and standing up against injustice. It’s hard to know what was going on in someone’s head. Maybe he was shocked and just couldn’t process what was going on. For me, being a Sikh and simply a good human being means helping others. There are varying degrees to which a person helps and that can depend on the amount of risk in the situation. For me, my life is not any more important than someone else’s and I’m willing to risk getting hurt, but it does depends on how and whether its realistic that I can actually help this person, what tools are available, my skills, etc. am I just putting myself in harm’s way, without actually improving the situation for this person? If I am, then there’s other ways to help. He could have stayed with the victim after the attack and helped out, called the police, etc. I don’t know what your role was but you were there too I guess. That must have been hard to watch. It’s painful just to hear about. But we don’t know what was going on in that guy’s head, so its not really fair to judge his actions. I can say I’d do something but then when I get there I could freeze or panic or whatever and not be of help. I hope that answers your questions.

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