Now I myself am a father of several children. Though I love my kids, still I do not share the idea of father and people of his time that one can never do too much in his lifetime to help his children. Much as I admire father and people of his time for their moral excellence, I can never follow in their footsteps.
I think of my children as an encumbrance to me. I haven't worked out a long-term plan for them, nay, not even a short-term one.
"I'd like to give away my kids to anyone who's willing to take them!" That's what I say whenever I am fed up with them.
Alas, compared with father and people of his time, the present generation, I think, have regrettably low vitality. We in our twenties or thirties prove inferior to our elders in their sixties or seventies. Today they may be advanced in years or even no more, but they will, nevertheless, live forever and ever.
As for us, though still alive, we have long been dead.