I don’t know about filial piety

So I was working in my parent’s Chinese restaurant and this stream of words came to my mind and I typed it up and blogged about it…



I don’t know about filial piety

And I’ve been ungrateful to parents


I don’t know about filial piety

And I’ve caused much suffering to parents

Which in turn propelled back to me



I tried to be a filial son

Without knowing what is filial piety



One year later

I still don’t know about filial piety

But I know of bondage


No, I don’t know about filial piety

But I know of attachment

Attachment to parents

To their material wealth and comfort


Not knowing about filial piety

I’ve exploited fellow brothers and sisters

In order to maintain wealth and status

For the family


Ignorant about filial piety

I fixated my sleepy eyes to external wealth

And I’ve tried suppressing

All my inner dreams and desires

In order to be filial to parents


The heart giggles like a child

Seeing the mind searching


What is filial piety?

I’ve tried searching around

I’ve read through the 24 Paragons of Filial Piety

Tears flowed through my eyes

I’ve stumbled upon the Tale of the Filial Parrot

And flew all the way to Mount Putuo

Ending in Mount Wutai

Searching for Compassion and Wisdom

After a long climb up

Flowers blossomed

Swallows flew in circles

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And the four golden letters ingrained in the wall

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感恩  Gratefulness

惜福 To cherish one’s fortune

A wise teacher

Once taught me

How love is like a ladder first parents then society

And Love, expansive Love!

What is filial piety without love?


Filial piety without love

Is like pig-like patriarchy masked  with make-up and lipstick to fool foolish children



The childish heart giggles


I still don’t know about filial piety

But I know of patriarchy

I’ve experienced it

I am slowly becoming enveloped by it

As the eldest son of a immigrant Chinese family


Sense of duty!

Obligation and morality!

Male breadwinner

Women in the house

Marrying and having babies

And aging and dying



The childish heart giggles


Down with patriarchy!

Oh Heart break open from your cage

Fill yourself with Love

And gratefulness

And change and Revolution!


Love your parents with all its contradictions

And climb up that ladder of Love

And towards…Death



The childish heart giggles