(Minghui.org) After the 2016 U.S. election, I understood that Trump was the chosen one, and I completely let go of the misunderstandings I had about him from the biased media. My heart was completely positive in supporting him. During his administration, I saw that he became ever more assertive towards the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Especially after the 2020 pandemic, he became more aware of the evil nature of the CCP and thus more thorough in his resistance to the CCP.
However, the entire process of the 2020 U.S. election was so arduous and the results were awful. On election night, I didn't know much about how the results would be judged, but I heard my family say that the election would be determined by the results in the swing states. Right then I felt a tinge of uncertainty because the mail-in ballots could be easily manipulated.
On January 20, 2021, the disappointing result came true. Why was it that the person chosen by Master was cheated out of the presidency by people who tampered with the election results in broad daylight and in full view of the public?
I intensified my Fa study to try to sort out my thoughts and came across something Master said:
“Question: Misleading news is everywhere in this Internet age, and it’s often hard to tell real news from fake. In the upcoming Taiwan and U.S. general elections in 2020, will fake news cloud people’s judgment?
Master: Degenerate things are common in this troubled world, and it’s hard to accomplish good things. That’s how things are in a troubled world. Many people didn’t expect Trump to be elected in the last U.S. election, but he was. Some people believe that things are supposed to go a certain way, but then they turn out otherwise. I have always said that divine beings are in control of human affairs, and that it is they who have the say.” (“Fa Teaching at the 2019 New York Fa Conference,” Team Yellow Translation)
Between January 6 and 20, 2021, fellow practitioners with their celestial vision open told us that there were arguments in other dimensions regarding who would be the president-elect.
So the question is: Why did these gods arrange for the current president, but not Trump, who was chosen by Master? I think the answer lies within our Dafa disciples.
My cultivation state might also reflect my fellow practitioners' state.
Just after I found out on November 3, 2020, that Trump's victory had not been announced that night, I felt that we Dafa disciples have a responsibility to uphold justice on earth and not let evil do harm to the world. Master’s new poem “On the General Election” published on November 8, 2020, strengthened my enlightenment. In the beginning, fellow practitioners and I sent forth righteous thoughts to eradicate all evil interference.
When I concentrated on my righteous thoughts and sent them, I really felt that at that moment, in the field that I cleared, the person Master wanted had become the president. That was a very real and practical feeling, and at the time I stopped worrying about the election.
However, although I did it at that time, I didn't maintain the quality and quantity of my righteous thoughts every time I sent them. On the contrary, I didn't do it as well as I should have. Later, I fell asleep as soon as I started to send righteous thoughts. This continued for a long time, and I did not settle down and look inward to completely change my state. Instead, I followed the media closely to track what Trump or others had been doing or saying. I wasted a lot of time. I knew it was not right but I could not stop.
Master told us:
“everything that happens today in the ordinary society is the result of Dafa disciples' thoughts.” (“Teaching the Fa at the 2002 Fa Conference in Philadelphia, U.S.A.,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. II)
Although I understood that our Dafa disciples are the protagonists, during that time, I felt like I became a spectator watching the show, expecting a turnaround of the situation on earth.
Think about it. Back in 2016, Trump's campaign debates were all seen as near farces and the night before the election even he himself didn't think he would win, and Clinton prepared for an early celebration. It turned out that he won because it was the Divine that wanted him to win. Why did he lose in 2020 when he had the votes?
Master said before:
“Neither heaven nor earth canblock my road of Fa-rectificationBut disciples’ human hearts can” (“Troubles,” Hong Yin III)
In fact, it is our hearts that interfered with this matter. Both the world's people and Dafa disciples must strive to do our respective jobs well so that the Divine will arrange a better future for mankind and Dafa disciples.
In addition, I think the situation in the US election today is also related to the things we do to clarify the truth in all aspects. I personally feel that our overall Dafa disciples' clarification of the truth is not up to par.
Master told us:
“Once everyone has learned the truth, the persecution will have no way to carry on, and the wicked CCP will fall from power.” (“Fa Teaching Given at the Fa Conference Marking the Tenth Anniversary of the Minghui Website’s Founding,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. X)
Master made it very clear:
“Once the number to save is fulfilledThe evil shall be destroyed all at once” (“The Kalpa's End,” Hong Yin III)
Then why has the evil CCP not fallen yet and is still wreaking havoc all over the world? I don't think its disintegration needs Trump to be in power. No, if the Divine wants it to fall, it can't last one more day. Then the reason why the Divine did not let it fall is that we have not done enough to save sentient beings, as the number is still pitifully low. When enough people are saved, the evil will be eliminated in no time.
From the Fa teachings and experience-sharing articles, we’ve realized that the number of people saved is far below what Master intended, and not only that, the number of Dafa practitioners that meet the requirements is also not ideal.
Master taught us:
“I remember that someone once asked me how many people it would take quitting the CCP to make the Party fall. I showed five fingers; I didn’t give him a number (laughter).” (“Fa Teaching Given at the New York Fa Conference Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Dafa’s Spreading,” Team Yellow Translation)
“The number of us who'll reach Consummation is, as I see it, far from enough. I had originally planned to have at least fifty million—I've never told you this before.” (“Teaching the Fa at the Washington, D.C. International Fa Conference,” Guiding the Voyage)
My understanding of Master’s lecture is that we need to save 500 million Chinese. As of now, only 372 million Chinese have quit the CCP. If at least 50 million of us reach consummation, it only takes one practitioner to persuade 10 Chinese to reach that 500 million. Or if each of us persuades one Chinese to quit the CCP, it would only take us less than three days (1.28/5=0.256) to reach that number. This doesn’t look like a hard thing to do, so why haven’t we done it? I think it’s probably an indicator that there aren’t enough practitioners that are doing it.
The other day I read a statistic that, on average, practitioners are able to persuade 41,000 people to quit the CCP every day. I was saddened by this low number, which means only very few practitioners are actually doing the job of persuading people to quit the CCP. Even if we assume each practitioner actually doing it could persuade only one person to quit the CCP, that 41,000 would mean only 41,000 practitioners (out of 500 million) were doing it. And I know myself and other practitioners are able to persuade more than one person to quit the CCP each and every day, which would mean even fewer than 41,000 practitioners are making an effort to persuade people to quit the CCP.
If we continue doing things at the same speed, in order to save the remaining 128 million (500 million minus the 372 million who had quit the CCP), it will take us another 8.5 years [128 million/(41000*365)]. But will there be that much time left in the Fa-rectification?
Particularly after the general election, with the socialist and communist agendas making their way around the world, we are actually racing against the evil and time to save sentient beings. This period of time is very much what it is like before a tsunami hits. Can we afford to still carry out our duties at our leisure?
If those people to be saved were our loved ones, family members, relatives, friends, or anyone related to us, would that change our motivation and give us a sense of urgency? Aren't those people we save all related to us one way or other throughout history? Can the sentient beings count on us to guide them to a way out? Can we truly play a leading role to change things around instead of wishing, watching, and waiting for others to pave the way?
The above are my own thoughts after the election.
Editor’s note: The article represents the author’s view only. Readers’ discretion is advised.