Sixty Rules for a Happy Life: No. 1, Filial Piety

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These 60 rules come from Professor Yu-Hern Chang’s Sixty Rules for a Happy life book, which introduces the traditional Chinese education of ethics and morality. By following the ethics and morality, human beings can avoid falling into the three evil realms: hell, hungry ghosts and animal.

Confucius stated that filial piety is the base of all virtues and the starting point of all teachings. This Chinese philosophy encourages a selfless universal spirit in the world by cultivating service to others mentality. Hence, application of filial piety covers relationships beyond oneself and his/her parents or teachers. For example, good relationships between siblings in the family can determine if filial piety is practised by an individual. This is because fights between children can make the parents sad and reduce the overall family’s happy life.

Filial piety is the rule number one. As a person in this world, we should be grateful to many other humans especially to our parents and teachers. Parents give us life, nurture us and enable us to be strong and healthy; while teachers show us the right path in life to follow. Without filial piety, generation gap between the old and younger generations is widened if the younger generation does not take care of the older.

Teachers guide us to the right path.

Additionally, children can practise filial piety by taking care of themselves because parents constantly think of their children’s well being.

Filial piety is our way of returning parents’ love

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