Confucianism

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Confucianism was founded by Kung Fu Tzu (Confucius), a Chinese philosopher and educator. He believed that his philosophy could transform citizens of eastern asia into a more peaceful society.

Confucianism: By Martez Andrews, II

The people who practiced confucianism had goals of finding "The Way" and becoming overall good people. Confucius developed emphases on unity and peace in china. Confucianism was more of a philosophy than a religion.

This philosophy was known for its origins in 551 B.C.E. when Confucius was born. Confucius lived between 551 and 479 BCE. His teachings were carried on and promoted by his disciple Mencius, and, later, by Hsun-Tzu, who lived from about 300 to 235 BCE.

This philosophy commenced in Central Asia, specifically speaking, Ancient China. Confucianism, eventually, began to spread throughout South East and East Asia, gaining popularity in Japan, Korea and Vietnam as well. For a long period of time, Confucianism had empirical acceptance and validity, as the Chinese emperors and their dynasties saw it as the official philosophy of the empire.

The people who practiced confucianism believed that, ultimately, we are here to discover our real selves, and find the nature of Tao. Through self-discipline, a human is able to move in accordance to Tao and thus will enjoy the principle of change. In a practical sense, we are here to better ourselves and society. This is thought to be done through education and enlightenment.

Quoted from the Mandate of Heaven, "the Shujing, or Book of Documents, was the oldest of the Five Confucian Classics."

Also quoted from The Mandate of Heaven, "The five works include the Book of songs, the Book of Changes, the Book of Rites, and the spring and Autum Annals."

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A.) Confucianism’s primary principles were:1. Jen – the golden rule2. Chun-tai – the gentlemanly man of virtue3. Cheng-ming – the proper playing of society’s roles4. Te – the power of virtue5. Li – ideal standards of conduct6. Wen – the peaceful arts (music, poetry, etc.)B.) Quoted from the passage given on the Ancient world, "Ah, the glorious ancestors-Endless their blessings, Boundless their gifts are extended; To you they needs must reach" this confirms that people who followed confuciusbelieved that they were obligated to respect and give praise to their ancestors ,who supplied their needs.

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