The Change in Chinese People's Attitude toward Falun Gong Since July 20, 1999
(Clearwisdom.net) Due to the persecution, I have been homeless for several years and have limited sources for Falun Dafa materials. During these years, I have been validating Dafa by clarifying the truth face-to-face with people. From what I have seen and heard and experienced, I think that the general public has changed its attitude toward Dafa. I would like to share my understanding in this article.
After July 20, 1999, because of the overwhelming evil propaganda and fabricated news, many people were poisoned by those lies and even harbored hatred in their hearts toward Dafa. The minute you mentioned "Falun Gong," people would reply with slanderous remarks from the TV or newspapers. In those circumstances, ordinary people rarely had righteous thoughts toward Dafa. Once they knew you practiced Falun Gong, friends, families, colleagues at work, and neighbors would often look at you differently, keep their distance from you, or try to convert you with propaganda from the CCP. At that time it seemed as if the sky was always dark and one could almost have suffocated from depression.
After a period of Fa study, practitioners gradually started to understand the true nature of the persecution from the principles of the Fa, and they willingly started their own paths of validating Dafa. Some clarified the truth to their friends, families, colleagues and neighbors. Some went to Beijing and appealed to different levels of the government. Some clarified the truth to reporters abroad. Some even clarified the truth to policemen, inmates, and other people when they were detained in labor camps or prisons. Some posted truth-clarifying materials all over the streets and buses so that more people could learn the truth. After practitioners' persistent efforts, people started to obtain positive information to counter the propaganda from the CCTV. People started to understand Falun Gong positively and started to question the CCP's evil propaganda.
In the second half of 2001, because practitioners had started to follow Teacher's instruction to send forth righteous thoughts to eliminate the evil in other dimensions, there was much less interference and fewer distorted reports by the CCTV concerning practitioners. At the same time, practitioners in China were able to learn about the progress of Fa rectification in a timely manner from the Minghui/Clearwisdom website. We were very encouraged after seeing practitioners outside of China validating Dafa. We became calmer, more clear-minded, more rational, and more steadfast step by step. Practitioners inside and outside of China formed one body in validating Dafa.
At that time, I frequently saw banners and truth-clarifying materials posted by practitioners. Once I even saw "Falun Dafa is Good" written at the entrance of a police station. I was truly happy for practitioners and deeply moved by their courage. Meanwhile, Beijing experienced sandstorms and SARS, and Jiang Zemin stepped down. There were fewer distorted reports about Dafa on TV due to the large scale truth clarifying efforts of practitioners inside and outside China validating Dafa and exposing the evil. Many people understood the truth and willingly resisted the CCP's lies.
In recent years, CCTV and other newspapers rarely report news about Falun Gong. One of the reasons is that practitioners have eliminated the evil factors in other dimensions via their righteous thoughts. On the other hand, practitioners inside and outside of China have been clarifying the truth and saving sentient beings. As a result, many ordinary people know the truth, and thus the CCTV dares not make distorted reports. As soon as a slanderous report comes out, people say, "The CCTV is lying again." Also, it has been very effective that practitioners abroad are validating Dafa in Hong Kong, the United States, Canada, and elsewhere. I have heard more than once from people who have been to Hong Kong, Thailand, and Canada say that they saw practitioners' banners and materials validating Dafa. After they came back, some of them regained righteous thoughts and expressed a willingness to "Quit the Party and its related organizations." Some of them even said that they hoped to learn Falun Dafa.
Thus, practitioners inside and outside of China have formed one body in validating Dafa. It is worth mentioning that, since the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party was published, practitioners everywhere have used all kinds of approaches to expose the evil, save the sentient beings, and persuade people to quit the Party and its related organizations. Nowadays, many people and members of the CCP say that the CCP is afraid of nothing but Falun Gong. Many people, after reading the Nine Commentaries and getting in touch with practitioners, have said, "The CCP will definitely collapse!" The CCP is extremely shocked by the "Quitting the Party and its related organizations" movement, and the Party is desperately trying to get people to become members. Within the CCP, they started a "Stay Ahead" movement. Generally speaking, many people in China feel that the CCP will collapse in the near future, and they also hope that the CCP will collapse very soon.
Since July 20, 1999, practitioners have walked the darkest and most vicious path to resist the persecution. Back then, the evil force was so rampant! In six short years, practitioners have become stronger and more rational. The tidal wave of the Fa rectification is gaining momentum. When everyone in the entire world gradually understands the evil nature of the CCP, the end of the Party is near. The current situation of the CCP is stated clearly in Teacher's poem, "Entering the Gate of No-Life:"
"Riding a tiger, hard to get off the tiger
Humans want to gamble with Gods
Evil ones do all kinds of things
Fully blocking their own life's path"
(Hong Yin II, provisional translation subject to further improvement)
Dark clouds can never cover the sun. In the battle between the righteous and the evil, the righteous will definitely prevail.
"The Fa-rectification will definitely succeed, and Dafa disciples will definitely succeed."("Teaching the Fa at the 2004 Western U.S. Fa Conference")