Saturday, October 07, 2006

Through Page 193 in story #3

I started the third story today. It is a story about a 60 year old woman that was forced into early retirement and could not get any other job and felt depressed. She (like many other people in crisis) started looking for an answer. She found Falun Gong which is an exercise regimen and some guidelines for moral behaviour. She began practicing frequently and really felt connected in a way that she never had before. However, the government felt threatened by this upsurge in devotion to something other than them and declared that Falun Gong was a cult and it was now outlawed. The page that I got to just had Ms. Chen Zixiu (that's the 60 year old woman) deciding that she was going to Beijing to protest the governments crackdown on her "religion". Quote of the day is on Page 191: "For the first time in her life, Ms. Chen began to think hard about a government policy."

Here is what touched me the most today:

I think that this story is really about a person that had not been politically active but when some action of the government became personally meaningful to her, she was roused to action. I ask myself if everyone is like that, or do we need to do more to try and teach our children to be politically active? I think that all actions of the government actually have an effect on our lives, you just have to look deep enough into the consequences to see how it does affect you. What do you think?

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