As Asians, we place emphasis on the importance of Filial Piety. Filial piety is a core value in many Asian cultures, emphasizing the importance of respecting and caring for one’s parents and elders. However, are we doing it right?
One issue that arises is that of elderly parents who may be reluctant to burden their children and instead expect help from others. But why are these parents thinking that it’s only right that others should help them instead? Basically, they value their children over their own needs. They are willing to accommodate their needs over their children’s time and personal space. But, shouldn’t it be the children who should appreciate that their parents had been sacrificing their time and effort in taking care of them since the day they were born.
For parents, it’s the saying: 养儿一百，长忧九十九.
So, we want to believe that everyone has seen how their parents took care of their own parents (grandparents) and now it’s time for them to do the same for their own parents.
Granted that time has changed family size, lifestyles and jobs etc. But that should not change how the family takes care of their young and how the young will in time come, take care of their parents and grandparents.
In conclusion, filial piety is not just a tradition but a moral value that should be upheld and passed down from generation to generation. It’s a reflection of our cultural identity and reminds us of the sacrifices that our parents have made for us. As we navigate through our busy lives, let’s not forget to honor and cherish our parents and elders, for they are the foundation of our family and community.