Words nearby filial piety
What is filial piety?
Filial piety is the Confucian virtue of honoring the elders in your family.
In English, we use an older, Latin-based expression to name this social principle of parental respect. Filial generally means “relating to a son or daughter” or “concerning a parent-child relationship.” Piety, here, is “dutiful respect.” Together, filial piety refers to a child’s service towards their parents as well as other older extended relatives.
Although the idea of “respecting your elders” exists in many cultures, the phrase filial piety is especially used in the context of respect for the elderly in Chinese families.
Why is filial piety important to Confucianism?
Filial piety is associated with Confucianism, a system of ethics, education, and statesmanship taught by Confucius and his disciples, stressing love for humanity, ancestor worship, reverence for parents, and harmony in thought and conduct. Confucianism originated in ancient China from the teachings of Confucius (551–479 b.c.).
Filial piety is one of Confucianism’s core virtues, and is related to the principle of ren, which means “humanity” or “benevolence.” So, filial piety is more than just obeying your parents or taking care of them when they are older. It also involves consulting your elders for advice and permission, putting your needs second, and being a positive representative of your family everywhere you go.
The concept of filial piety is detailed in the Classic of Filial Piety, a text believed to have been written in the 300s b.c. At this time, China was a feudal, patriarchal, clan-based society, and filial piety helped maintain social harmony. But, filial piety isn’t just ancient doctrine. Filial piety greatly influences generations of Chinese families today, and it is evolving to value more reciprocal, emotive relationships between generations.
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The Chinese term for filial piety is xiào (孝), pronounced roughly like [shee-ou]. The Chinese xiào became kō in Japanese during the 17th century, when the military shogunate adopted Confucianism.
What are real-life examples of filial piety?
Filial piety is often developed as a theme in Chinese or Chinese-inspired stories. In the 1998 Disney film Mulan, for example, Mulan becomes a warrior—so her father doesn’t have to—out of filial piety.
A recent study published in Aging & Mental Health has established a correlation between mortality risk in elderly Chinese Americans and aspects of filial piety, the Chinese virtue of respect for one’s parents and elders. via @nextshark | https://t.co/EbHHTBbaGw
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Films with filial piety themes always make me cry, so Lulu Wang's 'The Farewell' had me weeping like a child throughout. The film pushed every one of my tenderest buttons.
— Bryan Cheong 🍡 (@bryancsk) July 19, 2019
What other words are related to filial piety?
True or false?
Filial piety is a Confucian virtue that originated in Japan.
How to use filial piety in a sentence
“It seems that the different standard is (based on) the length of the beard and outwardly display of piety,” Hamdani said.Disco Mullah Blasphemy Row Highlights Pakistan’s Hypocrisy|Shaheen Pasha|December 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And he is to give this permission only to a priest “who has piety, knowledge, prudence and integrity of life.”Pope Francis Gives Blessing to Exorcist Conference|Barbie Latza Nadeau|October 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His policies helped engender the rise of an intolerant and severe nationalism that conflates piety with patriotism.Why So Many Pakistanis Hate Their Nobel Peace Prize Winner|Chris Allbritton|October 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She explained that “filial laws” are a vestige of English rule.Are You Legally Responsible for Your Elderly Parents?|Keli Goff|April 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Once they win, these principles get absorbed into common sense—and, of course, get betrayed left and right, like any civic piety.Climate Change Needs the Politics of the Impossible|Jedediah Purdy|April 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Certainly captain Merveilles and his people showed unusual piety.
This stubborn resistance lent all the more lustre to the piety of our benignant Rulers.
I came here, as I supposed, a fairly good Christian, with an average amount of piety and an average number of faults.The Soldier of the Valley|Nelson Lloyd
And for this reason the first help should be given to this State, and not to what has the pretext of piety.
To me the national affectation of piety and holiness resembles a white shirt put on over a dirty skin.God and my Neighbour|Robert Blatchford