People Are Waiting to Hear the Truth--Two Stories
Teacher said in "Teaching the Fa at the 2003 Atlanta Fa Conference":
"Everything that Dafa disciples are doing today is for the sake of saving people. Otherwise what are you doing it for? Clarifying the truth in an upright and open manner are the very things Dafa disciples should do. I'm also telling you that all beings in today's world came for the sake of the Fa. If you want a being to clearly understand this point, you should go and clarify the truth to him. It is a master key, the key that can unlock that one thing all living beings have had sealed off for a long time and been waiting for more than an eternity."
Recently, two fellow practitioners shared their experiences of clarifying the truth to people around them. Below are accounts of their stories.
An Elderly Gentleman
About one year ago, my husband and I moved to a small city after graduation. There were some elderly people who were also living in the apartment buildings that we were living in. The eldest person, who was over 80 years old, happened to live next door. Even though I had clarified the truth to most people in the building, I always hesitated to talk to this elderly man.
On International Human Rights Day last year (December 10th), I contacted the media clarifying the truth to them. At the same time, I started to think about whether or not I should invite this elderly gentleman to come to my apartment to look at the truth-clarification photos. I stood in front of his door for a while, with all sorts of thoughts popping up in my mind. I was thinking, "Is he home? Perhaps he is napping? Am I not polite to knock on his door? Will he decline my invitation?" Soon I negated these thoughts. I knocked on his door, and he stuck his head out and was very surprised to see me. However, after I explained my intention, he nodded his head immediately, saying, "No problem. I'll change my clothes and come right away!"
I waited at home for quite a while before he came. He had combed his hair, put on a nice suit and well polished shoes. He was a totally different person! I was amazed to see how he spent so much time dressing himself up just for this moment! He sat in front of the photos and looked at them very carefully. I explained the persecution of Falun Gong by Jiang's regime with the photos as a prop. After listening to my explanation, he told me with some emotion that he had found from some of his Asian friends that countries ruled by communists all had very bad systems and people suffering. He knew that China had a very bad human rights record. He expressed his support for Falun Gong and conveyed his deep sympathy for practitioners being persecuted in China. Before he left, he thanked me over and over again for offering him such an opportunity to learn about the persecution. I was very touched by the kindness and righteousness of this elderly gentleman.
Looking for Jobs
I lost my job over a year ago. Since then, I have helped my friends sell long distance calling cards to make a living. Even though I did not have much income, I never felt sad.
Several days ago, a placement agency contacted me telling me that a small computer company was in need of a person who knew how to do web design. The agent told me he only had a copy of my old resume and he asked if I had an updated one. I was very surprised, because I majored in computer software engineering and had never had any experience in web design. I hadn't looked for a job for years. I wondered how the agent had gotten hold of my resume.
Soon after, the agent called back to tell me that the company would interview me several days later.
During the interview, the boss told me that they were in fact in need of a person who knew how to do software programming (which was my major). As the conversation went on, he told me that he wanted to open a bank in China. I immediately replied, "As I see it, there are no advantages for you to do so!" "Why?" he asked. I replied, "Because it is not safe in China. Moreover, China is not like what you think." Not even before I finished, he interrupted me, "No! I don't want to talk about politics!" I had to stop.
Near the end of the interview, the boss told me to wait a week for his decision. At the same time, he handed me his business card asking me to contact him should I have any questions in the future. It looked like there was no hope for me to be hired at that time.
After I returned home, I felt very uncomfortable. The cold face of the boss saying, "I don't want to talk about politics," kept popping up in my head. I thought to myself, "Is this life still savable? If he's not interested in me, why did he still give me his business card? I don't care whether or not you make an offer to me, but I haven't finished my talk yet, and the boss hadn't understood the truth of Dafa. If I miss this opportunity, when can I meet him again? This is what I care about most!"
I decided to clarify the truth to the boss regardless whether or not he would hire me. So I called him. I said to him frankly, "I am sorry to bother you again, but I feel there's something I still need to talk to you about. I feel that the topic interrupted during the interview is not a matter of politics. Maybe you do not know that hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners in China have been tortured to death just because they follow "Truthfulness-Benevolence-Forbearance" and strive to be good people. Not doing business in China is not a political issue, but rather a matter of morality and conscience. It is very dangerous for you to do business in such a system full of violence, murder and deceit!" Then I gave him some concrete examples, but even before I finished, he stopped me again, "How much annual salary would you request?" I was stunned and he laughed.
The boss has been very nice to me since I took the job. He never mentioned his idea of going to China to do business again.