POINT TO PONDER
"Feeling gratitude isn't born in us - it's something we're taught, and in turn, we teach our children."
- Joyce Brothers
Last Sturday night on September 21st, 2013, Prabhjot Singh was brutally beaten by young assailants in New York city who yelled out slurs such as "terrorist" and "get Osama" as they proceeded to rip at his beard and break Singh's jaw.
Singh is a practicising Sikh that walked his wife and young son along the very same path where he was beaten, every morning close to their home in East Harlem. Singh had to have his jaw rewired and after he was released from the hospital, he became the latest in a much too long line of hate crime victims.
When asked about the violence he suffered, Singh said that he did not feel anger or hate towards the men that attacked him. If anything, it strengthened Singh's commitment to the community and that forgiveness and education were needed. It surprised and moved me to read about Prabhjot Singh's response in the article below:
Perhaps past fear, violence, and retribution there is a place where growth can occur? There's a passage from Shataram, a novel by Gregory David Roberts, that I would like to share:
...I know it isn't cruelty or shame that characterizes the human race. It's forgiveness that makes us what we are. Without forgiveness, our species would've annihilated itself in endless retributions. Without forgiveness there would be no history."