Thursday, June 16, 2005

Fulan Gong In Yer Face

I am no fan of the Communist Chinese government, as most of my regular readers no doubt realize. The recent news items floating around both the blogosphere and now the MSM surrounding the Chinese government's hostility to Fulan Gong has piqued my curiosity.
Here is a brief explanation of what it's about:
Falun Gong (also called Falun Dafa) is an ancient form of qigong, the practice of refining the body and mind through special exercises and meditation.

[...]Falun Dafa distinguishes itself from other qigong practices by emphasizing not only physical cultivation, but also cultivation of one's moral character in daily life according to higher principles taught by Mr. Li Hongzhi, Falun Dafa's founder.

At the heart of the practice are the supreme principles of the universe: Truthfulness, Benevolence, and Forbearance. Through a combination of studying the books and performing the exercises, practitioners strive to become better people by embodying these principles in everything they do.
Well, now I understand the need to suppress Fulan Gong. It's spread would create standards of character that most members of the regime would not meet.

When I write such things, it is somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but they are also expressions of one of my core beliefs: look for the simplest answer to a question (keep boiling the ocean to find the truth). Why would a commie fear such a practice? With head on pillow, in a reflective moment, a black-hearted commie knows that what they do is wrong, and hence fears exposure.

If Fulan Gong was truly flawed, there would be no need for suppression by the state. It would be self-limiting, and pose no threat. Ironically, by actively suppressing Fulan Gong, the state is validating it.

Update: I found a bit more background information on why the Chinese government is persecuting these practioners at Epoch Times:
However, as Falun Gong continued to grow in popularity in China, the state organization that oversaw it perceived an opportunity for profit. Falun Gong’s founder refused to charge fees for his practice, and left the state-run organization.

Suddenly, the communist government was at an impasse. By their own estimates, there were over 70-million Chinese citizens practicing Falun Gong by 1998. The Chinese authorities mandate that all spiritual practices be under the control of the state, but Falun Gong was no longer under the state’s administration. China’s then-leader Jiang Zemin began to see the practice as a gaping hole in the regime’s tight grip on Chinese people’s ideology. He banned Falun Gong in July 1999 and launched a Cultural Revolution-style campaign to “eradicate” it. The persecution continues to this day, leaving in its wake at least 2,500 dead.