Falun Gong (still rheum in her eyes)

Falun Gong (still rheum in her eyes)

…As she is leaving The Comfort Inn
she stops to watch a snippet from a KBS documentary

: “They would drag us away for thorough medical examinations.
Test our blood | take urine & stool samples| check

our reflexes with a soft wooden mallet
—our eye sight too. If we refused they beat us without clemency

until we drew blood | which they gathered
from the pools that gathered on the linoleum floor…

We knew what it meant: the healthy would have their organs
harvested & distributed to surgeries across China.”

—(From a documentary on Falun Gong practitioners
& the conspiracy that the Chinese government

were imprisoning them to harvest their organs
to be distributed to hospitals across China).

—I went to a demonstration once in Seoul
which provided context for my own problems.

“You can’t spell remedial without media.”
STOP IT! You’re not funny or charming. You’re twee

—“Ugh. I hate being described as twee…”
She steps out into the darkness | the warm

impression of a dream still pulling at her
: what was that turtle ship all about?

10 thoughts on “Falun Gong (still rheum in her eyes)

  1. The persecution of Falun Gong is one of those things you hope is anti-China propaganda. It’s horrific. China definitely lacks freedom to protest its elite, for sure, but the abuse those people are reported to undergo is inhuman. So much for expecting good things once China becomes the world’s leading power, if any of this is true.

    1. Well, I saw a documentary & 2 credible journalists from an international body did an investigation & their conclusions, despite first thinking it was a conspiracy, were that this was happening. They phoned some hospitals about getting a donation & they could get them in a matter of days & when asked how, their responses were definitely suspicious. Seek out the documentary on Youtube, pretty chilling stuff. The honcho Huang Zi buggered off to America, lives a very comfy life in a big house. eats meat even though it isn’t part of his “system.” Another charlatan selling easy answers to people who can’t think for themselves. There actually were demonstrations in Seoul; I didn’t see them, nor did they take place during my being here, but my wife told me about them. One of my wife’s friends is a Falun practitioner, that’s how I know Huang Zi’s text; she gave me a copy in English. I managed half way but it is not a very well written book & mostly pseudo scientific gibberish, which isn’t what stopped my reading, it was just how badly written it is.

      1. It is sad when people fall for these cults. Especially when they have to put up with martyrdom and persecution as part of the belief system. Jonestown, Heaven’s Gate all over again, except with these it’s not over till they get chop shopped to the hospitals.

      2. Daft isn’t it. I don’t know why anyone would suffer the indignity just to belong. One think I quite like about the European Enlightenment is individuality. I have pretty much renounced any efforts at a philosophy or dogma of bringing people into line with each other. We are only similar in what makes us different. I am ok with that.

  2. Interesting ideas, Daniel: how we perceive the relative importance (and veracity) of all the information we’re flooded with, how we see ourselves, and how our own actions might or might not influence: our “size.” I was kind of amused at a book group dinner on Friday where the topic turn to Australia’s incredibly poor treatment of refugees. Someone described their conversation with a Latina woman. She covered this national disgrace in detail, and the woman simply waited for her to continue, meaning, “So what?” Knowing South America, I understood, and I explained a little of the suffering there. They asked me to stop, which I did, because they did not want to hear over dinner. No point, just that we live the lives we live, and people want to believe they are somehow helping.

    1. I agree. We are living in a period of information overload. These atrocities have occurred consistently through history—we heard about them in school, at the library, TV, but never like we do on the Internet. One painful detail after another, overwhelmed, unable to do anything. Even writing for a cause leaves so many others unspoken.

      1. I actually sort of like the overload, but I do think we have a ways yet till we really understand how this can be beneficial & moreover till we improve our bullshit radar, I think it’s coming along though.

    2. How many times I have been told to drop a serious topic because it makes people uncomfortable is too numerous to tell, I be a rich man if I had a quid for each time.
      I have come to see that people can only change by themselves, mostly. There is a sense of achievement in coming to an understanding, it isn’t for everyone to listen & know how to trust what one has heard. It takes training in the critical faculties. It is a slog these days to know truth from fiction, but it makes for a hell of a lot to write about.

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