Filial Piety in Confucian Society
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(Brians 172-174) Confucian philosophy holds these concepts of deference and obedience to one’s parents in the highest regard. In fact, one popular Confucian proverb goes: Of the hundred excellent things, filial piety is first. (Qt. in Jordan, pg. 267) This concept of filial piety has had much to do with the way in which the Chinese have traditionally followed their leaders with unquestioning obedience. From the day of Confucius up through modern Chinese times, filial piety has been one of the most important factors in defining Chinese culture and relationships.