늙음 [neuk-eum] (sino-korean)
노 [no] (native)
When man enters the prime of youth, he finds himself at an age when he has already formulated his philosophy of life to the end. It is not until old age, however, that our view of the world becomes fully mature and our understanding of real life becomes clear.
So, what happens when we grow old? We feel everything parents can feel in our world. We feel the presence of the Creator in everything that happens to us on earth, and we reap the fruits of unity with Him.
Does the soul grow old? The soul does not age. And the body? The body grows old, but the soul does not.
Why do old people lose their memory? Because they need to cross from the visible to the invisible world. To prepare for the crossing, they become forgetful and simple-minded. Old people become like newborn babies, ready to meet the Creator.
When parents grow old and helpless, sons and daughters must endure any hardship by taking care of them and not feel that it is hard and difficult for them. They must act with the same attitude as the parents who took care of them as children and cleaned up after them. This is a good opportunity for children to give back to them wholeheartedly, following their filial piety to the parents who raised them. This is what it means to be children of filial piety.