[請教]The Most Important Chinese Virtue

[請教]The Most Important Chinese Virtue

台灣英語網1.0 » 週五 8月 21, 2015 4:55 pm

這是我的英文寫作作業
敬請各位高手多多指教
感激不盡!!!

In the ancient Chinese era, a major minister who was very filial to his father tasted his father’s excrement in order to diagnose his ailing father. This is one of the most famous twenty-four Chinese filial anecdotes that reveal the Chinese’s core values - filial piety is the most important virtue. To understand Chinese, you should understand three core thoughts that consists the filial piety.


First of all, Chinese firmly believe that having a son to carry on the family name is every son’s duty, the most important duty. Failing to carry on the family name is almost an ethic violation. Some Chinese couples keep producing until having a son. Some Chinese husbands divorce their wives just because the wives can’t have a son. On the other hand, wives who can have one or more sons are highly respected and praised by their husbands, parents in law and relatives. Such son-mania is why a lot of couples in Main Land China, especially in rural areas, murder their baby girls in order to reserve money for raising their sons or even unborn sons.


The second deep-rooted thought regarding the Chinese filial piety is that parents are always right. No matter what parents do and how mean parents are; Chinese believe that parents act exclusively out of kindness toward their children. Besides, with the influence of Buddhism, Chinese believe the idea of the transmigration. So whenever parents treat children very badly, or even torture children, it is just because children had previously done something with their parents negative in the previous life. Children should bear all sufferings in order to atone for their sin. In short, there is no domestic violence in the ancient Chinese families; there are only children who get a well deserved lesson.


Last but not least, in the ancient era, children should put parents and families on the first priority. People will look down on the children who disobey parent’s orders, and Gods may punish those vicious children eventually. Besides, children should give up their life, careers and relationships in order to benefit their families. This kind of thought originates from agricultural age, but it still exists in some family businesses in the modern China. Such thought is why Chinese families are so united, and why some Chinese children are not quite independent.


Summarily, understanding Chinese filial piety is the first step of understanding Chinese culture and Chinese thoughts. Chinese believe that having a son is essential, parents are never wrong and children should always obey parents; if foreigners can understand those thoughts, they can get along with Chinese easily, and will realize that some Chinese’s strange behaviors and thoughts are not so strange, at least Chinese don’t think so.
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