Don't Act Like Hippies!
Their wanton and shameless conduct can only
lead to the downfall of the nation and the extinction of humankind.
The people who lived in the Warring States Period of China are comparable to the Westerners of today in that they had no system of ethical values. Confucius compiled the Book of Odes, the Book of History, the Book of Rites, and the Book of Music. He established principles governing the relationships between king and minister, father and son, husband and wife, siblings, and friends.
These five moral obligations stipulate that a king and his minister should treat each other righteously; father and son should be kind to each other; and husband and wife should know their separate roles. Older and younger siblings should maintain their order, and friends should be trustworthy. He also advocated the eight virtues—filiality, brotherhood, loyalty, trustworthiness, propriety, righteousness, incorruptibility and a sense of shame—and used them to teach people how to behave properly.
You shouldn't think that the Western idea of freedom is progressive. It actually encourages people to do very unethical things. If you think about it, hippies have used this idea as an excuse to wreak havoc and sanction promiscuity. A saying describes their casual affairs: “When things go well, they stay together. When things go badly, they split up.” This kind of thinking has undermined the institution of marriage, treating it as child's play. Most marriages end tragically, usually with the woman taking the greatest loss.
I never like to criticize recklessly, but I cannot help but lament the profligates of our time. People at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas should not imitate the wanton behavior of hippies. Such shameless conduct only brings calamities upon the country. To put it bluntly, it can only lead to the downfall of the nation and the extinction of humankind.