I understand that Chinese philosophy tends to venerate ancestors and the old. Does any, I suppose Confucian, concept revolve around the everyday notion of making your parents proud?

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    There's quite a bit on the Confucian concept of xiao 孝, and there's a lot of interpretive arguments about it. I don't recall reading any article that suggested the main focus of this virtue is "making your parents proud," but I do suppose following it ought to have that secondary effect... Could you perhaps expand on your question and explain what's motivating it?
    – virmaior
    Oct 1, 2016 at 7:38

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This is hardly an 'everyday notion', but there is a focus on glorifying one's parents. In the Book of Filial Piety, Confucius mentinoed that making one's name famous and glorifying one's parents is the end goal of filial piety:

When we have established our character by the practice of the (filial) course, so as to make our name famous in future ages and thereby glorify our parents, this is the end of filial piety. (James Legge's translation, courtesy of ctext.org)

The bolded part is 揚名於後世,以顯父母 in Chinese.

  • However, Confucius also said: "When right principles of government prevail in the kingdom, he will show himself; when they are prostrated, he will keep concealed." - Analects 8:13 Dec 15, 2016 at 10:34

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