The Manifestation of Communist Party Culture Among Our Practitioners
(Minghui.org) Everyone knows about the harm of the influence of the Chinese Communist Party ideologies, or “Party culture” for short. But for those who have been living in China for a long time, even after they have moved to other countries for a long time, they may still carry deep Party culture. For them, they may not know for sure what the Party culture really is, and they do not like to be told that they have the Party culture.
For us cultivators, because Party culture is the corrupted substance created by the evil communist specter, if it is not cleared away, it will affect our cultivation and our fulfilling our mission.
Therefore, I would like to discuss a few of the prominent issues that I have observed with the intention of it being a kind reminder.
Directing Others at Will
I find that people coming from mainland China have a tendency to express their opinions and take charge of other people's affairs as if they were their own. They often like to tell others what to do.
I do not deny their good intentions, but such an approach usually will not yield good results. In my opinion, this reflects the Party culture of “control” and the tendency to control what others say and do, whether it is appropriate or not.
I also find some people enjoy lecturing others and telling others what to do. They enjoy the attention particularly in front of large crowds. This reflects the arrogance, ignorance or jealousy from the Party culture.
When we have different ideas than fellow practitioners, we should try to listen to them. Everyone’s enlightenment is different. It’s not necessarily whose is better. We may feel justified for telling others what to do at our own discretion. But what we say are things at our own levels. It may not be helpful to others or may interfere with them.
Therefore, Dafa disciples should not freely disseminate their thoughts and remarks among the community of practitioners. What's more, they should not use gossip and pulling strings to encourage a group of people to follow them; that could lead to a big mistake.
In fact, good leaders in western countries often give people plenty of space and autonomy to grow and mature. They are kind and genuine. Each individual in the team can focus on doing their own task, with their own independence and autonomy. They set up proper working relationships and respect others. They basically like to explore life on their own, and do not like to be told what to do by others.
Habitually Resist to Follow Rules and Regulations
When it is time for such people to be directed or given orders by others, they become rebellious and resist it as much as they can, as if following the order or correcting themselves would devalue them or make them lose face. This is a reflection of the same attachment on two opposite extremes.
When it comes to rules and regulations, their first thought is not to understand and judge with kind thoughts but to habitually resist. Such habit might be part of the after-effects of living and working in mainland China and being persecuted by the evil Party.
One major aspect for the Communist Party to destroy traditional culture is to encourage people to despise traditions and rules. Because of that, many Chinese resist any rules and regulations, insist on their own ideas and don’t respect the suggestions provided by the professionals.
Comment and Draw Conclusions Casually
People with a strong Party culture habitually put themselves above others. They like to comment on everything and anything, as if they know more than others. Paying attention to our speech is a requirement of a cultivator. When we casually comment on others with our own notions, we might generate karma unnecessarily and cause discord among fellow practitioners.
Traditional Chinese culture advocates modesty and virtue. With the decline in morality in society, people are deviating from traditional culture. Cultivators should set an example for others.
Lashing Out with Negative Comments
People who are deeply poisoned by the Party culture often complain, accuse, and even verbally abuse others whenever they encounter problems. They do not look within, but are quick to find fault in others. For example, if a student makes a mistake at school in the U.S., the teacher will encourage the student and say he has done a good job in other respects. But if it’s a Chinese teacher, he might scold the student very harshly as if there is nothing good about him.
The standard of judging good and evil, right and wrong has long been seriously distorted under the Party culture. Those were instilled in people during their upbringing. But since we are cultivators and living in a civilized society, we should learn to respect and honor others, as well as being more understanding and tolerating of others’ shortcomings.
Gossiping and Passing on Hearsay
Another aspect of Party culture that stands out is gossiping and passing on hearsay. This would cause damage as well as estrangement and discord among practitioners. This also reflects our jealousy or intolerance of others’ mistakes. It really doesn’t help for us to work together or build the trust among ourselves.
Even if a fellow practitioner did make a mistake, it doesn’t mean anything. As long as one is cultivating, one will inevitably make mistakes. We should give time and space for one to rectify oneself.
Casually Use or Touch Others People’s Belongings Without Permission
For many Chinese, because they never had any privacy as they grew up, they don’t have such concept or understand how important westerners value their privacy.
I’ve seen some Chinese practitioners move or use other people's belongings at will without asking. I feel it is a lack of manners. Some people, out of boredom maybe, casually check out other people's belongings and give comments. For example, if a westerner shares a photo on her phone with a Chinese friend, the Chinese might just go ahead and browse other photos without asking. For westerners, this would really make them upset for violating their privacy.
Oftentimes, westerners are very open and welcoming. But it doesn’t mean we can take ownership of their things and do whatever we want, even if we think it’s out of good intention. In most cases, keeping a proper distance between people is the basic social etiquette and way to show our politeness.
The above description is just a few examples of Party culture that I’ve seen among practitioners. My hope is to help us have a deeper understanding of the manifestation of the Party culture and get rid of it. I believe it would be very beneficial for our cultivation. If we face it and look within, we may be able to find many different attachments and make breakthroughs in our cultivation.