Show reverence for the parents whenever possible. A Chinese saying goes, “The tree wants to stop swinging but the wind does not cease blowing.” It would be too late to show love and care for our parents when they are not here anymore! Cherish them physically and mentally in time.
Chinese Classic Scriptures
- “… filial piety is the root of (all) virtue …1” (The Scope and Meaning of the Treatise, The Classic of Filial Piety)
- “How there must be reverence in filial duty. The filial piety nowadays means the support of one's parents. But dogs and horses likewise are able to do something in the way of support; without reverence, what is there to distinguish the one support given from the other? 2”(Chapter 7, Book II, Confucian Analects)
- “In serving his parents, a son may remonstrate with them, but gently; when he sees that they do not incline to follow his advice, he shows an increased degree of reverence, but does not abandon his purpose; and should they punish him, he does not allow himself to murmur. 3” (Chapter 12, Book IV, Confucian Analects)
- The care of serving a single bean when parents are alive is worthy more than a banquet at their funeral.
- A big tree gives shade to the house. The elder provides shade to the home.
- The parents who raised you are more important than those who gave birth to you.
- God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers. (Rudyard Kipling)
- An undutiful daughter will prove an unmanageable wife. (Benjamin Franklin)
- Undutiful children will prove unmanageable spouses. (Modified saying of Benjamin Franklin)