Truly Good People

Tai Ping

PureInsight | April 12, 2004

[] On February 11, 2004, the web site published a report of the persecution against Falun Gong practitioners at Masanjia Forced Labor Camp in Shenyang City, Liaoning Province. It was a witness' account from a Falun Gong practitioner, named Ms. Jiang Wei. [1] She recounted, "There are unending workloads and no letting up. After that torture, they began to force us illegally detained Falun Gong practitioners to perform hard labor. We had to work without compensation for 16 to 17 hours daily. Most of the time we produced military uniforms, children's apparel, vests, active wear, and so forth. Once we were forced to work on a rush order of "Lama uniforms" from a Taiwanese merchant, non-stop for 36 hours. Falun Gong practitioners were even denied sleep and lunch during that stretch of time. We couldn't help being tired, sleepy, and hungry after being forced to work so long without any rest or food; therefore, we all were groggy and in a daze. The captain (a rank of disciplinary staff) cruelly scolded an ordinary criminal who was detained there because her work became substandard. The captain even threatened to extend her prison term if she did not improve her performance. Feeling tired and frightened, she kept crying and, in fact, she cried so hard that it damaged her vision. They treat people inhumanly. Falun Gong practitioners are treated even worse. Because we Falun Gong practitioners always have a strong work ethic, we pay attention to details, and never try to pull wool over the disciplinary staff's eyes or compromise the quality of products. The staff at Masanjia Forced Labor Camp thus took advantage of our strong self-discipline. They increased our already unreasonable workload and made us Falun Gong practitioner's work on more high-end products that require more attention to detail. At times, the factories contracting the work to Masanjia Forced Labor Camp specifically requested that Falun Gong practitioners work on their order. If the order couldn't be finished on time, due to overload, they would rather wait." Ms. Wei also said, "In fact, a captain, Ms. Chen Qiumei once remarked, 'the products made by Falun Gong practitioners are always of good quality. They never try to pull a fast one. When factories learn that it was Falun Gong practitioners who made the products, they waive the quality check. This had never before happened at Masanjia Forced Labor Camp.'"

After reading this report, I felt that those people participating in the persecution against Falun Gong practitioners had turned unbelievably degenerate. In my opinion, Falun Gong practitioners are truly good people. They adhere to the Falun Dafa principle "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance," the Great Law of the Universe. They are not slaves who should be held imprisoned with criminals at the forced labor camps. Good people should not be equated with people who are easy to bully. Good people should neither be bullied nor be humiliated. Good people should not be detained in forced labor camps or jails, and nor should they be enslaved. They should not be required to do hard labor. Even a prison inmate in the forced labor camps, by law, should not perform labor [for profit] and should not perform labor for more than 8 hours a day, not to mention law-abiding Falun Dafa practitioners who are not criminals and should not be sentenced to serve time in forced labor camps in the first place. They are good people who are unlawfully detained in the forced labor camps.

Falun Dafa practitioners are not only good people, but also the future enlightened beings of the universe.

Teacher said:

...what is a Buddha? "Tathagata" is what human beings call someone who's come with the truth and the power to do what he wants, whereas real Buddhas are guardians of the cosmos and are responsible for all righteous elements in the cosmos.

(From "Teaching the Fa at the Western U.S. Fa Conference" in Guiding the Voyage)

I think Falun Dafa practitioners illegally detained in the forced labor camp should refuse enslavement and hard labor because it is a type of persecution against good Falun Gong practitioners and Falun Dafa.

Teacher said:

No matter what the situation, do not cooperate with the evil's demands, orders, or what it instigates. If everyone does this the environment won't be this way.

(From "Dafa Disciples' Righteous Thoughts are Powerful" in Essentials for Further Advancement II)

Teacher said:

A Dafa disciple completely opposes everything arranged by the evil old forces.

(From "Dafa is Indestructible" in Essentials for Further Advancement II)

Furthermore, the staff at forced labor camps enslave Dafa practitioners. They force them to perform hard labor to make money from them. Is this acceptable? I think not. The profit from enslaving Falun Gong practitioners will encourage them to continue their persecution even more inhumanely. They will be motivated ever more to earn more money through continued enslavement of their fellow man. Those factories that are demanding Dafa practitioners to work on their contracts are committing a great sin. If Dafa practitioners choose to cooperate with them, aren't they assisting them in committing a sin? I believe that Dafa practitioners should not allow these ill-bred people to exploit Dafa practitioners' heartfelt compassion.

I don't think we should allow Chinese forced labor camps to take advantage of upright citizens and good people. Whether it is based on the definition of a good person, or the reasons of protecting Dafa and truly being compassionate towards the sentient beings, we should refuse enslavement.

The forced labor camp is a very vicious environment. Falun Dafa practitioners are being pressured immensely in this environment. We should rectify the Fa there and should not be subject to enslavement.

[1] A Bar Owner Recounts the Appalling Persecution at Masanjia Forced Labor Camp in Shenyang City, Liaoning Province

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