Falun Gong: A Noble Ideal?

falun_gong_logo-svg_Wikipedia has this to say about Falun Gong:

Falun Gong or Falun Dafa (literally means Dharma Wheel, Practice or Law Wheel Practice) is a Chinese spiritual discipline that combines meditation and qigong exercises with a moral philosophy centered on the tenets of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance. The practice emphasizes morality and the cultivation of virtue, and identifies as a qigong practice of the Buddhist school, though its teachings also incorporate elements drawn from Taoist traditions. Through moral rectitude and the practice of meditation, practitioners of Falun Gong aspire to better health and, ultimately, spiritual enlightenment.

All well and good, but lets have a look at how that translates to a modern practitioner shall we? Enter one Twitter user by the name of John Pratt (@jvx242). Let us see how this hugger of trees and bastion of all thing spiritual decides to apply his mystical knowledge and innate love, peace and happiness, and see what he has to say:

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Oh dear, not a terribly good start eh? Maybe this isn’t such a noble philosophy after all.

As well as an elephantine display of ignorance and bigotry, I can only draw one or two conclusions so far,

1.  Falun Gong is not all about peace, love and understanding, but is instead just another religion of intolerance against anyone who dares to be different, especially when it comes to those who don’t fit neatly into the heterosexual gender binary.

or;

2.  This ignoble fucker doesn’t practice what he preaches.

I have looked into the history and tenets of Falun Gong and have found that a man named Li Hongzhi introduced the Teachings of Falun Gong to the public in Changchun, China in 1992. The teachings cover a wide range of topics ranging from spiritual, scientific and moral to metaphysical. Sounds quite promising… But, a closer examination shows that Falun Gong, which purports to be a branch of Buddhism, is far from the golden wisdom of flower children everywhere.

For instance The Independant on Sunday had this to report:

“The [Chinese] government announced that Falun Gong was an ‘evil cult’ that encourages suicide, makes people neglect severe medical conditions, and fleeced them of their money. It issued reports claiming that 1,404 people had died in China from failing to seek conventional medical help because of Falun Gong beliefs. Some 500 others had committed suicide, it said, brainwashed by Li’s mind control techniques.

Some backing to these claims is given by anti-cult experts in the US, where the practice has gained a sizeable foothold. They talk of manipulative fear tactics to indoctrinate and control disciples who are made to feel that failure to follow Li results in serious physical health problems. Parents of Falun Gong members complain their children begin talking to them in jargon memorised from the words of Li.

There is no doubt that some of Li’s claims are, to Western eyes, pretty wacky. He says he can levitate and become invisible simply by thinking the phrase “nobody can see me”. He can control people’s movements by just thinking, he says, and can move himself anywhere by thought alone. He claims to have averted a global comet catastrophe and the Third World War and says that the Nostradamus’s prophecies are coming true today in China. “

So there we have it. Falun Gong is a cult; Li Hongzhi is an obvious candidate for the funny farm; and the, oh so well named, John Pratt is a rather vile and offensive cultist.

Religions like to paint themselves as superior models of morality and enlightenment, but as we have seen time and time again, they are anything but.  Even such organisations as this one that claim to espouse such noble ideals as truthfulness, benevolence, and enlightenment.

Truthfulness: To make claims of a supernatural nature , which he did in other posts and then refuse to make any attempt to back them up with evidence.

Benevolence: Well, we’ve seen samples of this fucking imbecile’s benevolence earlier in the post, so no real need to go over this one.

Enlightenment: If a woman dares to disagrees with you, for instance @NancyDrewPI, feel free to publicly call her a whore in the Twitterverse. Why not?

All I can say is that this sort of behaviour, and it is far from rare, is exactly why religion should be allowed to wither, die and be consigned to history.  There is no place in the modern world for any spiritual ideology, as they are all clearly cut from the same bigoted, ignorant and ultimately dangerous cloth.

Yes, even Buddhism and the various sub-sets of it.

If the most ‘peaceful’ religious philosophies can produce a foetid, miserable excuse for a human being, such as John “Complete” Pratt, then they are clearly counter-productive and only hold us all back.

Like a malignant Carcinoma, these hideous organisations and their ridiculous ideologies need to be excised in order for humanity to be free of their stifling influence.

And people like John Pratt will be allowed to fall by the wayside and wallow in their own private dark ages, whilst the rest of us help the human race realise its full potential based on credible things like science, critical thinking and reason.

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