‘We Can’t Lose Hope in the Good’: Art Student Resonates With ‘How Humankind Came To Be’

Falun Gong founder Mr. Li Hongzhi’s recent article “How Humankind Came To Be” offers ancient wisdom without the pressure to convert, readers say. They like the message of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance, and see much in common between the Christian belief and Falun Gong.

Aleta Goodwin, a Christian living in Utah, said she was impressed by how many things in Mr. Li’s article she could relate to. “What’s so good about this article is that you don’t have to change your religious alignment,” she said. She agreed with most of the concepts in the article upon first seeing it in Epoch Times’ print edition in January.

“What [Mr. Li] espouses is meditation, gentle exercises, with a moral philosophy centered on truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance. That really struck me. I go, ‘That’s such a noble, good thing!’” she told The Epoch Times. “So that really caught my attention.”

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Aleta Goodwin. (Courtesy of Aleta Goodwin)

Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, encourages adherents to live by the universal principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance and teaches meditative exercises. Over the past 23 years, millions of Falun Gong adherents have been held in labor camps, mental asylums, drug rehabilitation centers, unofficial black jails, or other detention facilities. However, the followers’ peaceful resistance to the Chinese Communist Party’s persecution persisted. Many attributed their courage to stay steadfast to their beliefs and the power of faith.

“Truthfulness, compassion, tolerance—it really stuck out to me. That is such a good thing,” Goodwin said. “If I were in China, I would be persecuted just as badly as these [Falun Gong adherents] were.”