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What had they benefited from it?
In a Chinese family, young generations highly respect their parents, grandparents, elder sisters and brothers, and the elders would love them back. Within a family, each member has a strong sense of responsibility to take care of each other, to protect their family from any attack. |
This close relationship is a bit different from the family relationship in the west, where the link between family members seems quite loose. The loose relationship between western family members may attribute to the "freedom"concept, though they are a family, they want "self-freedom"and at the same time give their family members "freedom". The "freedom"idea may look good when everyone is well, but real life isn’t paradise, when life runs into trouble, what would happen with this "freedom"idea?
It hasn’t been easy for humankind to conquer the rigorous nature and become a successful species on this planet. For a long history, drought, flood, famine, plague, war all posed threat to the existence of human life. Wading through a long history, those weak species become extinct, even within humankind, weak tribes and nations disappeared. From this point you may understand, it is a big success for a people to grow population, expand territory and spread their culture. Chinese has been proved the most successful nation at least from this perspective.
How do Chinese achieve this success? Looking into human history, especially from a cultural point of view, then we may find some clues. Both with poor living condition, in a country with profound culture and family concept, no matter how poor they were, what a miserable life they were living, they always valued family the most and put family on the first place. With this family value, people could live with family support, care, warmness, love, family education, and have harmonious relationships in a family and in the community, so with the power families provided for them, they could battle for a better life, and become valuable members for the society and the nation. Virtue and morality were passed to the next generation by family education all the time, and that was why although China experiences a vibrant history but virtue had never diminished by poverty.
On the contrast, in the "free"country US, where grows no culture but all "freedom", people see a completely different picture: Without a profound culture to provide spiritual support for there lives, poor people even though have homes, they are easily subjected to crime, alcoholism, diseases, with no love and no care for them, not to mention any education, usually these people have to live hopeless and some parents even abandon their children at the end to escape responsibility and go their own free way.
So here you see how the "family concept" has contributed to human history, which itself has been a tough struggle against the harsh nature and all mishaps, Chinese has had the luxury of this culture, the invaluable "family value", with which the nation develops and prospers, the population grows steadily and the civilization advances.