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A good father, A bad father

I am not a super strict Christian. Nor a Buddhist. Nor an Islam. Nor a Hindu. But I believe that all religions teach us a common thing. To respect our parents, to honour them, and “parents” does not always mean the people who brought us life, but this can also be the person whose land we are born onto.

This will be what I preach. (And I follow them)

“The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it,” Proverbs 30:17.

“Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness,” Proverbs 20:20.

And if you do not believe in the bible, the word “filial piety” might suit you better.

“The definition includes the responsibility of each person to respect their parents, obey them, take care of them as they age, advise parents, and of course to love them. Loving one’s parents and offering them respect is the spring from which other forms of filial piety flows. A relationship with parents must be centered on love and respect.”

What would you do if someone were to curse upon the man who considered as your father? Would you sit and agree or would you strike back? Remember what our father has done for us. He might not give us a fish for every meal, but he teaches us to fish so we may survive even without his assistance. This is what our father (without an s) has taught us.

Please do not compare Thailand with Japan. As a graduate of Master of Asian Studies majoring in Japanese Studies, please understand that the Emperor of Japan, Hirohito-sama, during World War 2, had upset the nation, had sent his own people to go to war, and the whole Japanese nation had collapsed because of that. And Thailand, did not go through that. Everything was going well…..UNTIL……………

And let me ask you, do you think our father has asked us to do that? What he had said (through someone I forgot his name), “A bad child is okay, an ungrateful child is okay, but fighting kids hurts parents the most.” Our father has never asked us to fight for him. On the other hand, a person name whose initials T.S did something JUST LIKE Hirohito did. To ask people fight for him. Sounds similar?

Please understand.

A good father teaches his children how to fish so their child may be dependent on their own. A good father wants the best for his children, and that is to be peaceful, love one another. A good child is a child who honours his father, for his father is the one and the reason he has grown up to be a good person.

A bad father is one who keep on giving fish to his children, so that they can never leave him and they will die without him beside. A bad father is one who only wants his children to honour him, to fight for him (or even to die for him), because they have to repay all the things he had given them back.


About angelofdevotion

Born in Thailand, raised in Singapore, came back to Thailand during my teens and lived there since. English is more of my native language, and I teach it for a living!


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