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What does this Confucius analect mean?

The filial piety of now-a-days means the support of one s parents. But dogs and horses likewise are able to do something in the way of support; — without reverence, what is there to distinguish the one support given from the other?

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  • 9 months ago

    This is what I saw when researching:

    The Analects of Confucius - Book 2

    "...being able to support one's parents which extends even to the case of dogs and horses, all of which may have something to give in the way of support. If there be no reverential feeling in the matter, what is there to distinguish between the cases?" SO-- this is about support and if one does not have a frame of reference between the two, they mean the same. You could take this one step farther and explain that if you do have a point of reference, the type of support would be different. I think the point; therefore, is that having an actual frame of reference is important or you can basically make a point about anything without a foundation.

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