It is for too common in lot of Kathas while Parchariks are doing so to be very somber and almost to the point of sorrow. It is kind of softly suffocative and bewildered expression and ambiance all around. The flip side is the “Charrh-di-Kala/Uplifted State” of being in Sikhism. One can find lot of such dualities and many of these are related to fundamental strengths in Sikhism. I was wondering over the years that if one is a new Sikh or a person born into a Sikh family, what sustains and what are the key strengths? For example when I think the greatest gift I got from my parents! It was the ability to think independently rather than follow. It is not specific to Sikhism but certainly is strongly espoused in Sikhism. So let use consider from a Sikhism perspective some of the positives, Is it the ability of Sikhism for straight talk or dialog with the one infinite creator/God? You don’t need intermediaries and go-betweens Is it the Humanism aspects of equality, fairness and care for the impoverished? Is it the great love for our Guru jis and the teachings that so strongly and practically guide? Is it the martial nature and proud history association with generations past? Other What you think! The poll allows you to chose more than one, so express and also under other state what should be captured or is not included. Thank you. Sat Sri Akal.