Rationally Viewing the Election and Its Outcome
(Minghui.org) The U.S. election is a battle between righteousness and evil. I was motivated and sent forth righteous thoughts very attentively at the beginning. I thought when all Dafa practitioners sent forth righteous thoughts, how long could the evil last? I was certain that Trump's re-election would not be a problem.
I followed NTDTV daily regarding the election news. But now two months after the election, more and more unfavorable news has come out for Trump. I felt a bit dejected and stopped watching TV. I even became a bit upset with Trump: “Why the wait? There are so many straightforward ways to take care of the fraud issue, and yet, you let one opportunity slip away after another. Is there any hope left?” I remained depressed for many days and even vented with a fellow practitioner, “This is ridiculous. Trump is too soft and he missed so many opportunities. It is really upsetting. The fraud is so obvious and so abundant. If it were me, I would have taken the other party down already.”
Not until several days ago, did I finally calm down and ask myself what’s in there to cultivate myself in the U.S. election. Why was I so excited and attentively sending forth righteous thoughts in the beginning, and then became upset and even resentful when things didn’t turn out the way I had expected? This was not a state a cultivator should have. I behaved like ordinary people, and my emotions were dragged up and down along with the situation.
I suddenly sobered up and realized that from the start until now, all the phenomena are there for us to cultivate. We are the protagonist to eliminate the evil and cultivate ourselves. Our words, deeds, and thoughts affect everything in the world. If we do not take the leading role, but instead count on others, how can we expect things to proceed? The election result is hanging in the balance. I believe it is waiting for us to remove our human notions, and to improve ourselves. As soon as we elevate as a whole body, things will change. However, if we fail to look within, then it's going to be hard to achieve the desired result.
I also realized I had impatience and resentment in the process. I was too absorbed with my own thoughts. I still harbored the Party culture, as I had wished Trump would impose martial law to take care of things. I was even surprised to see so many of my attachments surfacing during the U.S. election. I have cultivated over 20 years, and where is my firm belief in Fa? What if the result is not what I hoped for, will I still believe in Dafa? Will I still cultivate? How much I have let Master down!
Master reminded us lately:
“Though a battle between good and evil is taking place, you have to ensure that you do not let it negatively affect you, and should do even better at getting the truth out and saving people. And as you work to raise awareness, you must be sure not to think or act too much like an ordinary person. Only by staying clear on what you are doing will you manage to not get caught up in things and do even better.” (“Greetings to the Taiwan Fa Conference,” Team Yellow Translation)
I realized that we may be interfered with when we still have human notions. Not only did I discover many attachments, but I also found my pursuit – I wanted very much for Trump to win. My opinion and pursuit were so strong that I became resentful when Trump didn’t take action as I had envisioned. I was like an audience member trying to instruct how actors should act during a play. I see that's a manifestation of Party culture: I was inclined to jump in and offer unsolicited opinions and always wanted to make decisions for others.
I wondered why I had such a strong attachment of wanting a Trump win? I realized it's because I was pursuing things in the human world: I also hoped that he could destroy the firewall and eliminate the Chinese Communist Party. I resented the other candidate because he walked too close to the communist regime. I knew my hatred towards him was indeed hatred towards the CCP. I forgot that I am a cultivator and our mission is to save people regardless of their party affiliation. There are numerous sentient beings behind the other candidate and his team that also deserve a chance to be saved. We should indiscriminately save all beings.
When I discovered my attachments and worked to eliminate them, I felt a sense of relief. I am no longer obsessed with the news of the election. I focus on the things I need to carry out as a cultivator and everything else will follow the divine's will.