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Compare and Contrast The Writings of Confucius Hammurabi and The Book of the Dead Three of the most famous writings from ancient civilizations are the writings of Confucius Hammurabis code of laws and Egypts Book of the Dead At first they seem very different theyre from different times regions and religions but they all offer a peek into what values ancient people considered important One of the values that all three civilizations is justice and fairness I feel that this is best viewed in Hammurabis laws All of the penalties for the crimes are very stiff but fair I feel that it is fair that If he has broken the limb of a patrician his limb shall be broken Its like in the Bible An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth In Egypt in the Book of the Dead a man couldnt proceed into the after life unless he was found innocent of any wrong doing on Earth In Confucius writings he never actually says the word justice but he does say Great Man cherishes excellence Petty Man his own comfort Great Man cherishes the rules and regulations Petty Man special favors To me that mean Great Man is fair Petty man is unfair The second of these three values is responsibility and respect to ones family and elders and responsibility and respect to others families and elders This is most evident in Confucius writings He is constantly stressing family values and responsibility One quote that shows this is Let the sole sorry of your parents be that you might become ill This stresses personal responsibility and respect to your parents Hammurabi showed responsibility by saying If a builder has built a house for a man and has not made his work sound and the house he built has fallen and caused the death of the mans son the builders son shall be put to death
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