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Reading Sources of Chinese Tradition page 65 it was apparent that the most influential philosopher was Mozi Mozis most characteristic doctrine comes close to asserting that all human beings are created equal before God Believing in Heaven as an active power manifesting love for all he urged that all people follow Heaven in this by practicing universal love Universal love would be the principle on which Moism was based Mozi saw Heaven and associated that with God God being someone who loves all people no matter their class position or ethnicity Mozi believed if God loves everyone equally Chinese people should strive to love one another in the same manner Moism differs from Confucianism in that Moism believes in rationalistic standards Mozi never comprehended the excessive use of rituals funerals and music Moism challenged Confucianism for prominence in China for some time until the violent Qin Empire changed that Interesting that today Moism would have a fairly large following considering the parallels it shares with Christianity In the Holy Bible Jesus Christ said Therefore however you want people to treat you so treat them for this is the Law and the Prophets Luke 631 However back then family was important to the Chinese people Mozi preached to love your friends father as you would your own However we all know that emphasis on family was the most significant part of Chinese culture Mozi thought highly of a centralized government advancement according to ability and performance with standards applied uniformly Mozi traveled around preaching his faith and beliefs to rulers Mozi often spoke against war With his Universal Love philosophy he stipulated that a government would have no need to attack or have a war with another state By not having war between each other there would be peace and it would stimulate the economy by saving money otherwise used for military exercises War and military depleted the country of precious resources Even though some
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