HSD1 Posted October 15, 2009 Report Share Posted October 15, 2009 (edited) Now I dont want anyone to start any arguments or give people the chance to settle vendettas so please dont start if you get the urge. My question is this: is fanatic a word that describes certain sikhs today? The word fanaticism actually was first used by the europeans to describe the akhalis of old, some of whom were very xenophobic. So are modern day fanatics bad or just presenting something in our genes that was always there? Also, how do we differentiate between fanatics who aim themselves at those outside the panth and those who feel they should purge our community of certain beliefs? One other thing: I am relatively young, and I see that the sikhs younger than me who do martial arts, are involved in cadets etc, are very similar in outlook to the akhalis and also seem to move through their teenage years with more ease than those sikhs who try to fit in with other 'groups' in sikhi or become coconuts. Is their a positive side to being a fanatic? Lastly, when the excrement metaphorically hits the fan, these 'fanatics' we look down on are usually the ones we hide behind. They fight and give their lives just so those who ridiculed them can live in peace. Is that unfair, or just the natural order of things? Please discuss and say what you honestly think, without arguing, as I think this topic is an important one for us to discuss. Edited October 15, 2009 by HSD 0 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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