Confucius and Confucianism: The Essentials by Lee Dian Rainey

By Lee Dian Rainey

This accomplished creation explores the existence and teachings of Confucius, and improvement of Confucian inspiration, from precedent days to the current this day. Demonstrates the knowledge and enduring relevance of Confucius’s teachings – drawing parallels among our twenty first century society and that of China 2,500 years in the past, where government corruption, besides social, financial, and technical adjustments, led thinkers to check human nature and society attracts at the most up-to-date learn and accommodates interpretations of Confucius and his works by means of chinese language and Western students through the centuries Explores how Confucius's fans accelerated and reinterpreted his principles after his dying, and the way this strategy has endured all through chinese language heritage Seamlessly hyperlinks Confucius with our sleek age, revealing how his teachings have  turn into the root of East Asian tradition and inspired the West

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41 He had finally learned enough that he could match his desires completely to what is proper. In case this sounds a bit pompous, Confucius never stopped criticizing his own behavior and he did not think he was perfect. ”42 Like all of us, Confucius may have known what was right, but that did not mean he was always able to do it. Nor was Confucius someone who felt superior about his intelligence or learning. He once said, “Do I possess wisdom? Indeed I do not. There was a fellow who asked me a question and I was completely blank.

In it, someone told Confucius, with some pride, that in his part of the country there are men so upright that, in one case, when a father stole a sheep, the son turned the father in to the authorities. Confucius responded, “Where I come from, upright people are not like that. Fathers cover up for their sons and sons cover up for their fathers. ”6 Confucius is saying that the relationship between father and son must trump all other considerations, even laws and justice. Does this mean that one is required to practice filial piety, no matter what criminal behavior one’s parents are involved in?

His students were not always the sharpest pencils in the box and he was sometimes impatient with them. ”38 On the other hand, Confucius’ heart was broken when his favorite student died young. 40 This seems to have been true. Confucius never claimed to be a sage or even more intelligent than others; he claimed only to love learning and to be quick in seeking out knowledge. This was matched by the eagerness he said he felt to teach what he had learned. He gave a description of his own inner journey by saying, “At the age of fifteen, I set my mind on study.

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