(Clearwisdom.net) I've read two articles from the 2010 European Fa Conference, both published on Minghui on December 8, 2010. With Shen Yun coming up again in 2011, I would like to share a different perspective with fellow practitioners in Europe.
The culture in Europe is very rich. Each country has a unique culture, which can easily influence those who live there. Human beings naturally want to enjoy and protect their culture. However, Dafa practitioners are different. We need to do things well in order to save sentient beings, so we have to study the Fa well and elevate above the realm of human beings. Only when we do things with righteous thoughts, wisdom, and the rationality that comes from Dafa can we blaze our own trail. Certainly we should respect people's opinions and customs since we are doing things within this earthly realm, but we shouldn't be confined by these things. If we want to blaze our own trail, we must first rise above their influence. We can use a car as an example. No matter how skilled a driver you are, you are always confined by the performance and features of the car, as long as you are sitting inside the car and driving it. If you want to accomplish other things, you have to get out of the car and do things by other means.
We can draw another analogy by comparing British English and American English. Some people like British English because it's more traditional, while other people like American English because it's more straightforward and casual. However, the elements behind the features of any language can affect people's way of thinking and behavior. I am not trying to evaluate the pros and cons of any one language, but rather using this analogy to remind everyone that we may have thoughts that we are not aware of, in the hopes of encouraging people to make a breakthrough. In fact, sometimes those thoughts are not our own, but rather come from habits we developed within a particular environment. As practitioners, we should follow Fa principles in our thoughts and actions. This is the only way that we can keep heading in the right direction.
As Dafa disciples, we are making our utmost effort to save all beings with compassion, whatever shape they may take, as well as cleansing away the evil beings with righteous thoughts. Since time is limited, we can't allow anything to prevent beings from being saved.
The above is my personal understanding. If there is anything inappropriate, please point it out compassionately.