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February 29, 2012

Honoring our parents

Filed under: Culture,Philosophy — Mike Kueber @ 5:28 pm
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A Filipino friend recently posted something on her Facebook wall about honoring and obeying her parents.  Her sentiment is similar to that felt by two of my Indian friends toward their parents. 

Those of us who grew up in America circa 60s and 70s were taught to live our own lives and let others live theirs.  One of my favorite songs from that period was “Father and Son” by Cat Stevens.  In the song, the father advises the son to “just relax, take it easy… find a girl, settle down.”  But the son responds with, “From the moment I could talk, I was ordered to listen …. If they were right, I’d agree, but it’s them you know not me.”

This anecdotal evidence suggests to me that people who are new to America, especially Asians, are more disposed to believe that “honoring” and “obeying” go together.  By contrast, longstanding Americans believe that honoring and obeying are two different concepts.


1 Comment »

  1. I won’t challenge your position in this post but I will add my spin…
    Young men and women were dramatically impacted the events of WW2 – massive loss of life and destruction.
    Their kids were the “children of the 60’s”.
    The kids of the 60’s inherited some of their parents woes and a skepticisim that turned to cynicism.
    The kids of the 60’s, as a whole, have less respect for “honor”, and view “obeyance” as a burden instead of a gift…


    Comment by Q — March 3, 2012 @ 2:47 pm | Reply

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