The Reason We Write Truth Clarification Materials Is to Save Sentient Beings
(Clearwisdom.net) I have recently edited a practitioner's article, which was his narration of the persecution that he had been subjected to. The article was relatively long, and all the events are recorded chronologically. Considering that it was the practitioner's own account of his experiences, I only added an introduction and an ending to it before submitting it to the Minghui website. After the article was published, I compiled it into a flyer to use as truth clarification material, without deleting a single word, and then submitted it to the Minghui website again. One week passed, but the Minghui editors did not publish it. At that time, I didn't take into account the fact that this flyer's targeted readers are non-practitioners, and I didn’t take into consideration their ability to accept all of its content. Instead, I focused my attention on whether other articles in the flyer were appropriate. Thus, I deleted articles that I assumed were not fitting, and replaced them with articles that I thought were more suitable. I then submitted the updated version of the flyer to the Minghui website again, and this time it was published. I thought that I had done the right thing, and didn’t give it any more thought.
When I opened my email the next day, I saw the feedback from a Minghui editor, it read, “Practitioner editor for the truth clarification flyer, greetings: When selecting cases of persecution, please pay attention to those typical cases, and try not to write them as a running account. Our flyer's targeted readers are non-practitioners... I suggest you re-edit and condense the content.”
After reading this, I realized that the Minghui editor had only published my updated version of the flyer, because they were compassionate and had taken in to consideration the harsh environment I was subjected to in mainland China, and that I was editing truth clarification materials to validate the Fa. They therefore decided to publish my flyer, but it didn't mean that my flyer had met the requirements to validate the Fa. Minghui editors are responsible to the Fa, and to fellow practitioners, so they sent me feedback, reminding me of the requirements for our articles.
Master's Fa rang clearly in my ears, “Any work in Dafa is intended for people to obtain the Fa and for disciples to improve themselves” (“Clearheadedness” in Essentials for Further Advancement). I realized that no matter what we do, especially working as an editor to validate the Fa, we are doing it to save sentient beings. With regards to the article that I selected for the truth clarification flyer, after I read it once, I did not have the desire to read it again. If I could have thought of what the Minghui editor suggested in their feedback, I am sure that I could have done a better job. When I edited it, I should have considered modifying it. I should have looked inward when it was not published, and immediately corrected the article. But I failed to realize all of this until a Minghui editor pointed it out to me.
I’ve come to realize that my real gap is not that I didn’t know how to do it, but that I didn’t remember why we are doing it: To save sentient beings. I quickly modified, refined and condensed more than half of the content. When I submitted the flyer to the Minghui website for a third time, I felt that my xinxing had improved in the process.