Filial piety : East vs West
Do you know ‘Filial piety’ in Asian culture? In the 20th century, great scholar Arnold Joseph Toynbee, CH said, ‘Korean filial piety is the most necessary thought for humanity’ and asked Korea to spread it. Do you have heard of something similar? In Confucian philosophy, filial piety(Chinese: 孝) is a virtue of respect for one’s parents, elders and ancestors. Filial piety is central to Confucian role ethics.(by wiki)
In Western culture, they respect their individual boundary. But in Asia, there is no boundary at times. Westerner can feel resistance and can’t understand ‘Why should you do?’ But from my point of view, It is a very moving story. I can understand very well. Filial piety has no limits. So, it can be really powerful. Maybe you can see it is fanatic. Let’s see.
Devoted daughter, 심청(Eng: Shimcheong)
It is a Korean traditional fairy tale. Her father is blind. Then one day, 300 sacks of rice that were offered to Buddha can give a sight to her father. So, she threw herself into the Indangsoo sea. She said, “I beg of you. O gods of heaven and earth!!” She was a scapegoat of the Dragon King. Everyone thought she was dead. In palace of sea kings, the king heard about 심청‘s story and his heart was touched. So 심청 can back home in the lotus flower. She reunited with her father and her father regained his vision. They lived happily ever after.
How do you act now?
Devoted son, Jesus Christ
You already know. He endured pain of the crucifix for his father’s will. In Gethsemane, he was in an agony he prayed more earnestly and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.(Luke 22:44) But also Jesus was sold by 30 silver coins. Everyone thought he was dead. But three days later, he was brought back to life from the dead. For what? He wanted to give a sight to ours who was blind. We don’t know we are blind. But It’s true. Jesus Christ is really devoted son. I appreciate his devotion.