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In benevolent service of

In benevolent service of

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SydneyEpsilon10/18/07 In Benevolent Service of Western government’s are prone to be built on reason and believe that theindividual and the state are two different entities. The government works off of strictcodes of conduct that are created to help society, but the people whose hands hold thegovernment are never trained and developed spiritually as an individual. The officials aresplit into the development of the government and on the other hand continuing their ownpersonal journey, which can cause confusion and confliction. And so, when agovernment is developing it is done without a whole heart and with a divided attention.But, Eastern governments are built with an emphasis and based on the individual. Thewritings of Confucius started the train of thought that personal development through filialpiety, benevolence, and traditions, will lead to obtaining
 Ren Ai
which is the love of people or compassion and that will lead to a righteous and benevolent government. And,those without these ideals ultimately succumb to failure due to the lack of attention andthe concepts that Eastern Nations focus on; since the goal of a culture, society, dynasty,and nation is to preserve their time of rule, then it is best to have the ideals of 
 Ren Ai.
 
 
Filial Piety is the 
and 
 for one's parents and 
. Filialpiety is one of the core ideals of Confucius and Mencius because it creates andestablishes a base personality for a person. This personality is centered on takingresponsibility and traditions because performing the traditions will mold the personalityinto one that is unwavering, steadfast, and responsible. For example, a child is mandatedto take care of, honor, love, and respect his or her parents but those ideals aren’t forgottenafter the parents pass. If the child stops acting as they should after the death of theirparents that is not considered Filial Piety, “Confucius said, “Observe his aspirations whenhis father is alive, and observe his actions when his father passes away. He may well becalled filial if he sticks to his father’s way for three years after the latter’s death”(Confucius, 8)In this case Confucius gives an example of what true filial piety is and is not. Bycontinuing his father’s ways even after his passing shows that the son has developed theintended personality traits, love, respect, honor, and care as well as being, steadfast,unwavering, and responsible. Then through this that person will slowly obtaincompassion because they will not only have a solid base but also they will be able to beself-less and put their pride aside, for the betterment of society or in this case theirdeceased father. But, by not following his fathers’ ways he has not gained anything andeverything he has done has been meaningless, “Zi You (a disciple of Confucius’) askedabout being Filial. Confucius said,” ‘Nowadays, one is called a filial son only because
 
one is able to support one’s parents. Actually, however, even dogs and horses are no lessable to do this. If one does not treat one’s parents with reverent respect, what is then thedifference between him and animals?” (Confucius, 16) Filial piety is not a concept that isa random assortment of tasks and traditions that are to be carried out by the youngergeneration nor is it a self-fish mentality inflicted onto children by their parents so thelatter don’t have to work. But, it is a set of traditions that if harnessed can produce abenevolent, filial, and compassionate person that can then go on and help create arighteous and benevolent society. If a person does not go through this type of learningand training, they will become the opposite of the ideal person, and no matter what thisperson does in the future it will not be complete and righteous, for example westerngovernments, they are created with text book academia but no personal training, andthose officials will not become the Confucian ideal people, and no matter how much theytry to create a benevolent society it will never happen because they do not have a basicfoundation.Filial piety that is mandated in the home of the young person can be taken andapplied to his or her views of society and the government when older. By doing so, thissociety of people will have a righteous and harmonious society, “ You Zi (a disciple of Confucius’) said, “It is rare for a man who is filial towards his parents and respectful tohis elder brothers to go against his superiors; never has there been a person who does notlike to go against his superiors and at the same time likes to start a rebellion. A

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