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Clarifying the Truth in Overseas Online Communities, Doing Well in the “Last Kilometer”

June 20, 2021 |   By a Falun Dafa practitioner outside of China

(Minghui.org) There is a saying in the postal service: “Doing well in the last kilometer.” It means that, no matter how well things go on the early part of a letter’s journey to its destination, if things break down in the last kilometer, the recipient doesn't get the mail.

When the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus (Covid-19) first began to spread, I began to clarify the truth in our local Chinese community online. The more I did this, the more I felt its importance.

I think online truth-clarification in the overseas communities can support truth-clarification by other media and can facilitate truth-clarification in China.

Cultivation First

The process of clarifying the truth online in overseas communities is also a process of cultivating one’s xinxing. After we improve our xinxing, we do better at clarifying the truth.

I would like to share some lessons and experiences from this process.

The Attachment of Competition

When the attachment of competition is involved, truth-clarification turns into an argument. Sometimes I even forgot the time and delayed other things such as Fa-study and other projects because I was arguing with people instead of clarifying the truth.

When I lacked compassion, I became sarcastic. When this happened, my posts were easily deleted, and my accounts were even blocked.

The Attachment of Zealotry

When some of my articles were recognized and received a lot of likes, I developed the attachment of zealotry and would log in to my account more often to see those likes.

The Attachment of Showing Off

I felt I knew better than regular people and unintentionally disturbed them while I was showing off, claiming I was just informing them of the truth.

The Attachment to Fame and Benefit

Sometimes I became frustrated in the face of setbacks because I was not being selfless. Instead, I was attached to fame and personal gain.

The Difference Between Practitioners and Everyday People

In online truth-clarification, we always face the test of whether we can stick to viewing the issues from the perspective of practitioners instead of everyday people.

We must always be clear that we are clarifying the truth and not commenting on everyday news. We also have to keep in mind that we are cleansing the bad influence of the evil CCP that affects people and are not maintaining social stability and democracy, etc.

When I had xinxing problems, I experienced more interference. At first, my accounts were blocked many times.

Later, as my xinxing improved, I was attacked much less often, and my account hasn’t been blocked for a long time.

Insisting on the All-Encompassing Principle

First of all, we need to consider the ability of people to accept what we are saying. Most of the Chinese internet communities have been affected by the CCP.

Some internet community owners open forums for people to discuss the truth, which is commendable. When we clarify the truth, we should maintain a balance between what people are able to accept and how we clarify the truth, so as to better utilize that environment.

For example, if I had posted the Chinese version of the Texas Senate Resolution condemning the live organ harvesting by the CCP, the post would likely have been quickly deleted and might have negatively affected the community host.

Considering that, I provided detailed background information about the US-China trade war and included the English version of the Resolution. My post was published without a hitch.

Most Chinese people could understand it, at least its basic content. Days later, other people of conscience or fellow practitioners added the Chinese version of the Resolution. The topic attracted a lot of attention, and the post was maintained online.

Affected by the CCP, some readers were prejudiced against the Epoch Times and the Minghui website. If I shared those articles with links, some people might have objected to them.

Thus, I sometimes provided links to other media or initiated the discussion first. Then, when people were better informed, I provided the original links to the Epoch Times and the Minghui website.

Sometimes, those who objected to those websites were amazed when they found out the point of view they supported was from the Epoch Times or Minghui; then they began to realize the truth.

Because of the “fast-food” nature of online communities, I always extracted a small part of the truth. For example, I extracted a sample case from the Nine Commentaries or Disintegrating the Party Culture instead of posting the entire long article.

I also added my own brief comments, and the results were good.

Helping People Understand Truth-Clarification Media Correctly

In the beginning, when I posted articles from the Epoch Times with links, I always got criticism. Some people cursed with foul language, and some reported me.

In those cases, I compared the fake reports on the CCP media with the truthful articles on our media. After I did this a few times, many people understood our media more clearly.

After over a year of cultivation and effort, the atmosphere in the communities I visited usually became much better. Many users and readers have understood that all the reports on the media run by Dafa practitioners are the truth, and the articles with strong CCP color were automatically rejected.

The hosts of the communities stopped objecting to such articles, and sometimes they even supported them secretly and warned those who commented maliciously.

Above is my sharing on clarifying the truth in the overseas online communities. We should do well in “the last kilometer,” cultivate ourselves diligently, and make more effort to save sentient beings.