Feeling Relieved after Deleting My Social Media Accounts
(Minghui.org) After reading the notice from the Minghui Editorial Board, “What All Dafa Disciples Must Know,” I began to panic and became anxious. In China, WeChat, Tencent QQ and other social media are considered a necessity for a lot of people.
Arguing Against Minghui Notification
I am a tutor, and rely on WeChat to keep in contact with my students and their parents. I also use WeChat for collecting fees, paying bills and staying in contact with friends. So my first response was -- how could I live without it?
I read this notice at least 10 times, trying to find some loophole that would allow me to keep using WeChat. I even wanted to wait a few days to see if there would be any change in the notification. Although I knew that I should not use the cunning mentality of ordinary people, I was afraid of losing WeChat.
At the same time, I found other practitioners to discuss countermeasures. A fellow practitioner who seldom used social media suggested that I could use my cell phone to contact my students' parents to ask for tuition. I still complained that it was too troublesome but, actually, I was somehow relieved.
Yes, there were other methods for my needs. Was I not beholden subconsciously to WeChat and QQ? Therefore, my first response was to ignore the notice and wanted to think of ways to get around it. Wasn’t I a true Dafa practitioner?
“At the crucial moment when I ask you to break away from humanness, you do not follow me. Each opportunity will not occur again.” (“Digging Out the Roots” from Essentials For Further Advancement)
I realized that the notice was meant to align with the present stage of Fa-rectification. My being attached to WeChat and QQ had generated a loophole in other dimensions. It was time for me to remove this attachment!
I reasoned that the communist regime, controlled by evil, exploited these media platforms to monitor Dafa practitioners, which caused a lot of unnecessary and irreversible damage. Given the magnitude of this issue, I knew I needed to sober up.
Believing in Master and the Fa
In ancient times, a master asked his disciples to accompany him to a cliff side. He then asked them to follow him as he jumped off the cliff. Most of the disciples looked at each other, while two did not hesitate and jumped. The two disciples met their master under the cliff and were transported to a paradise. Therefore, believing in Master and the Fa was the essential message.
Despite understanding the elements of the above story, I could not immediately decide to uninstall the programs. I worried that payments from parents would be a problem. Maybe I should wait until all the tuition transfers for my current students were completed.
Besides, my colleagues and I communicated via WeChat, because making phone calls was too inconvenient. Wouldn’t that affect my work?
While my mind centered around what would happen if I stopped using WeChat, Master’s Fa came to my mind. Master mentioned that a Ph.D. candidate once gave up receiving his doctorate because he could not dissect 500 mice.
“Think about it, everyone: Human beings live in this world for nothing but renown and self-interest. If he were to receive his Ph.D. degree, he would have a good job and future ahead of him. And naturally, his salary would be high—that goes without saying. It would be higher than that of regular people or an average person. Don’t people just live for those things? He could even let go of those things. So think about it: He dared to forgo even that. He was able to let go of those things as a young person, so wasn’t it that he could give up anything? Wasn’t it that he dared to lay down his life?” (Teaching the Fa at the Conference in Switzerland)
The situation I was facing was not as serious as this. Obviously, there were other ways to solve my dilemma. It was just that my attachments of dependence, self-interest and laziness were blocking me. How could I not let them go?
I deleted WeChat and QQ and restored my phone to factory default settings as required. I was relieved immediately!
I used to pick up my phone as soon as I heard the WeChat chime. After I finished eating, I would also check for notifications from my friends. This was all time I wasted!
It was like returning back to the era without cell phones. I felt relaxed and could study the Fa without interruption. I also had more time to do the three things. It was so true what Master said, “Return to tradition to connect with the divine.” (“Creating Anew”)