Honest Businessmen and the Hope of China
(Minghui.org) People in China have been subjected to numerous scandals involving poisonous food or fake medicine in recent years. From meat products, milk, eggs and bottled water to cancer medicine – and even vaccines for children – everything that people put into their mouths could be poisonous when producers use cheap or fake materials to cut costs.
Chinese people have become used to these scandals, and this situation has become the new normal. If a businessman refuses to make fake stuff for cheap cost, he or she would very likely go out of business, because every competitor is trying to cut the costs by all means. Today's Chinese society has created an environment in which everyone hurts everyone else. It is not to say that Chinese people have no conscience. But when the morality of the entire society has been ruined, very few people can jump out of it.
However, there is such a group of people. Living in the corrupt environment, they have made a breakthrough by creating a way to do honest business.
Falun Gong Changes Crooked Business Practices
This is a story that was published on the English language Minghui website on June 10, 2012. It was about a businessman who produced and sold chili powder just like everyone else.
He said, “I always adulterated the chili powder. The outer skin of corn cobs were ground up and dyed with industrial dye and then mixed into the chili powder. I knew that it would be harmful to one's health if that chili powder was consumed over a long period of time, but I felt that I had no choice because everyone else was doing this, too.” (“First-Class Chili Powder Leads to a Group of First-Class Businessmen”)
However, he started to practice Falun Gong, also called Falun Dafa. Falun Gong teaches it cultivators the principles “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.” A practitioner knows that if he practices Falun Gong, he should no longer mix corn peals with chili powder. But then, he had to quit that business. He decided to look for a low-paying job at construction site.
He needed to sell the leftover chili powder that was not adulterated with corn peals. At the whole-sale market, he said to the buyer: “This chili powder is my last stock. I did not mix anything in with it because I have begun practicing Falun Dafa, and I want to be a good person and follow the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. That's why I do not make adulterated chili powder anymore. The price is a bit more expensive, since I need to earn back the fuel and labor costs.” (“First-Class Chili Powder Leads to a Group of First-Class Businessmen”)
Before he found a job at a construction site his last buyer wanted to buy more from him. Just like that, his chili powder business was revived, and became profitable. He made a lot of money.
Other chili powder sellers asked him what his secret was: “It is because I practice Falun Dafa, and I want to be a good person by following the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. Hence, I no longer make adulterated chili powder, and I sell my genuine powder at a higher price. Despite the increase in price, buyers still want to buy it.” (“First-Class Chili Powder Leads to a Group of First-Class Businessmen”)
Hearing what he said, and understanding the importance to change, the other sellers also stopped mixing fake stuff in the powder. Many retailers said: “Wow, Master Li's Falun Dafa is quite powerful. His disciple has transformed himself into a good person and does not adulterate his goods. His first-class chili powder transformed us into a group of first-class businessmen." (“First-Class Chili Powder Leads to a Group of First-Class Businessmen”)
Falun Gong: a Powerful Cultivation Practice
The persecution of Falun Gong has been going on for 20 years, but more and more Chinese people have accepted Falun Gong. What is Falun Gong? You will know, if you look at Falun Gong practitioners' speech and behavior. Isn't the character of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance manifested in them – something that we need the most in today's society?
Falun Gong practitioners have high moral standards, and they want to be good people. No matter what they do, they follow the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, and therefore they lead by example.
Why does the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) persecute practitioners? One of the reasons is that the high ranking party officials and their family members are controlling many businesses in China. They make money via making fake stuff. How can they tolerate Falun Gong?
The CCP is not merely a political party. It is an evil spirit. People who have read the book The Ultimate Goal of Communism know that the party's goal is to destroy human morality and in the end humans. It poisons human through many different means, including making fake food and medicine.
However, Falun Gong practitioners will persist in doing good and being good, no matter how severe the persecution. The public has seen that the practitioners' path is the path that the Chinese people need. No matter how evil the Party, it will not destroy Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance – it is the hope of China.