Eternal Optimism

This lecture really was one that I think touched the audience in a different way from others given the personal nature and outlook of Dr. Simran Jeet Singh on the events he mentioned. The focus of this lecture was Dr. Singh’s reflection on Sikhism and how it affected him personally and made him learn certain lessons. While it sounds like he then would’ve been preaching about what his religion made him learn and how that could help us, this wasn’t the case at all; in fact, the focus was actually shifted to show, how peoples reaction to him practicing his faith taught him several life lessons. Throughout the lecture it was striking just how many instances he could name where he mentioned the hate he received for just practicing his religion; not preaching but just being a member of it, and doing so in a way that was openly recognizable- his bread and headscarf (is turban the right word I don’t want to offend). While I’m sure he only mentioned a drop, compared to how many instances he has faced in his life and they were so hateful to him over no fault of his own. Yet, the message he was spreading about how this hatred affected him was to spread and focus on eternal optimism.  Centering the idea in how, his family who he grew being discriminated against, always found ways as a family to be optimistic even though the hate they received. Taking hate that kept them out of birthday parties and from walking down the streets and finding a way to keep their dignity, happiness, and faith in their religion regardless; and choosing to focus on the good that bound them together rather than the hatred that threatened to tear them apart.

        Bringing back that idea to his point on eternal optimism, without this optimistic outlook I can see how he wouldn’t have been able to get through these challenges and the hate he received and continues to face every day. Even more importantly, I think that optimism is was allowed him to continue to so openly practice his faith and even begin to see hope in activism and a better world. With that in mind, these ideas of eternal optimism are very important I think work to make people who don’t see themselves as activists possibly start; as it gives people who might otherwise be hopeless, something to strive for, and that hope is what could push them to take action to create a better world even in the face of all the struggles they face.

This message he sends is not only important for people of his religion or any religion to think about but rather everyone can take away something from this as a whole. The message of eternal optimism and finding light in the dark is something important for everyone to know. We all have our good and moments where nothing can seem to go right, and this outlook can help many people to cope with those times. Also, the message of using that eternal optimism as a route to activism furthermore acts as a method for helping people not only get through hard times but even begin to hope and act for change. All of these ideas and the messages behind them, provide a new insight into coping with hatred and using that coping mechanism to hope for a better world and end to the hatred. They face.

Dr. Simran Jeet Singh
Dr. Simran Jeet Singh
Dr. Simran Jeet Singh
Dr. Simran Jeet Singh

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