An illness prolonged brings out unfilial children. (Chinese Aphorism)


In most Asian societies there are many children who still look after their parents in their old age. This was, of course, the prevalent practice in the past but this tradition is also slowing fading in such societies.

Like all other aphorisms this one is not a modern creation. It has been around for ages. Though it is ancient, what it expresses has an unquestionable truth.

Sons, daughters and daughters-in-law may all be filial, caring, loving and devoted. Families that appear harmonious, close and happy may be so because there are no taxing circumstances to test the strength their filial piety.

Sicknesses, illnesses, the monetary strains caused by the illnesses, the drain on the energy caused by the need to  attend to the sick parents and the time demand placed on them to attend to all these pressing demands are the real tests. If these taxing factors were to continue for a period of time without any break,  stresses would  start to build up, and the break-up point would soon emerge.

How this ancient aphorism came into being must have come through the countless such incidences experienced by the Chinese forefathers throughout history.  It is surely not something that they pulled out of the blue. Thus, many parents in all Asian societies now take such warnings seriously. More and more of them are accepting the fact they cannot hope to rely upon their children to provide the type of care their grand-parents and parents had been given. They themselves have witnessed enough to accept this warning as valid.

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2 thoughts on “An illness prolonged brings out unfilial children. (Chinese Aphorism)

  1. happeaceone says:

    Novice101,

    At last after a mind boggling search. I am supposed to register a username by clicking at the bottom of the “sign-in” box. This is just very strange. Yours is the only one I encountered such requirement. They should just said “to comment, please click “register” below, to get a username.

    Nevermind, problem solved.

    May I share with you the story of my mother?

    Click here: http://blackandwhite999.blogspot.com/2008/05/my-mother.html

    • novice101 says:

      I read this post of you posted it in May. You are one of the few who are the exception. If remember correctly one of your sibling fits the description given in this Chinese aphorism. May your mother have a good rebirth and be reborn in a higher realm.

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