Who has ever heard of filial piety?
March 28, 2007 8:50am CST
Who has ever heard of filial piety? Who has never heard of filial piety? What do you understand by the term filial piety? Does apply to families in this new age & generation? It's has been highlighted in a UN report that the world will have a greying population earlier than expected. The number of births in some countries, are not even enough to replace the present ones. While healthcare is improving in leaps and bounds, everyone is suppose to live longer now than ever before. As we get older, we will hear less, do less, have less energy, incontinence, bed ridden, etc. What will happen then? When the parent become the child, will the child (the parent toiled for many years) be there? Is the old age home the answer for us? Do you expect your child/ren to repay your kindness while you brought them up into this world, through thick and thin?
29 Mar 07
I learned the term last year at uni in my course Introduction to the Chinese Culture, getting to know it as one of the important fundamentals of the traditional Chinese society. I do fully expect my children (if I ever get to have any ^^) to take care of me when I'm old, but if I'm not mistaken you're even legally obliged to do so in my country. But I also think, if you raise your children with love and wisdom (and if you're children aren't born irredeemably evil ^^), there's no way they would refuse to to so.
31 Mar 07
Hi Jasmijn, thank you for your reply. I too would like my kids to keep me company and keep an eye when i'm feeble and don't have the energy to do anything for myself. However, i do realise that i will be a burden to my boys. We give them all the love we can instill the wisdom and ensure the best we can that they become fully responsible adults. And for them to refuse to take care of us when we are old, is still an open option to them. - Lyn