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A study on supporting parents in an aging society from the perspective of Confucian filial piety culture

  • Journal of Korean Hyo Studies
  • 2022, (35), pp.153-178
  • Publisher : The Korean Hyo Studies Association
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : June 2, 2022
  • Accepted : June 20, 2022
  • Published : June 30, 2022

WANG XIAOYU 1

1성균관대학교

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ABSTRACT

Background: The aging population has become a prominent social problem in the world. The United Nations has sought to solve the aging problem since the 1980s in response to the growing aging of the world's population. With various changes and developments such as socioeconomic structure and demographic structure, the succession and development of traditional filial piety culture faces many practical problems such as population aging, economic pressure, and population flow.As times change and family structure change, traditional filial piety culture is anachronistic in modern society, but in filial piety culture, it cannot be stopped from a great tradition that respects the humanistic emotions and humanism of the elderly. Purpose: The text re-examines and reinterprets the philosophical basis behind Confucian thought by combining the plight of supporting the elderly in modern society with an aging society as a specific research background. By fusing the traditional filial piety idea of Confucianism with the guarantee of human rights in modern society, it provided solutions to various problems arising in the process of caring for parents in modern society. Methodology/Approach: Approach from the content of filial piety and the difficulty of caring for parents in an aging society, and briefly analyze the expression and cause of filial piety deficiency in modern society. From this, we revealed the lack of caring for the elderly and the difficulties facing the culture of filial piety in an aging society, and thought about how filial piety can adapt to an aging society with the development of society and the times. Furthermore, the values and meanings of Confucian filial piety culture in caring for parents were also discussed. Findings/Conclusions: The filial piety culture has been a social consciousness that has existed in Confucian culture for thousands of years and has had a serious impact on people's values, ways of thinking, behavior, and customs. The filial piety culture makes children and parents maintain an intimate relationship, and despite various problems caused by the aging population in modern society, the filial piety of oil prices still has important theoretical and practical values. No matter how human civilization develops in the future, supporting and respecting the elderly should be an important sign of a civilized society and a social virtue of modern people. In modern society, Confucian filial piety must return to an important position in family ethics thought, and on that basis, filial piety still exerts important value in modern society. Implications: The culture of filial piety helps improve family relations, harmonize family relations, and stabilize society. The filial piety culture can increase the moral virtues and social responsibility of the people, encourage justice by developing a good social climate, and, above all, alleviate social problems caused by the aging population.

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