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Kevin Taylor – 664548855 Lawrence Chang 7. A large portion of the Analects of Confucius is devoted to the topics of humanity and filial piety. The two ideas are introduced immediately, in one of the very first passages, “To respect parents and elders is the root of humanity,” (1.2). Very early on, Confucius established the importance that he places upon filial piety. Filial piety, which is love and respects for ones elders, parents and ancestors, is a large part of Chinese culture. In Confucius’ time, a typical household contained a dominating father figure, a mother, and subservient children. A series of duties were expected from the children, especially the sons. These responsibilities included upholding fraternity, advising parents, and displaying sorrow for sickness and death. It is important to note that the duties went beyond simply feeding and assisting elders. A deep respect must be behind these actions; otherwise filial piety is meaningless (2.7). The term filial piety also includes the relationships between older and younger brother, husband and wife, and authority figure and subject. The
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