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Analysis of an ideal government Niccolo Machiavelli the author of a well known political essay The Prince was a republican in Italy when his country was divided into city-states He wrote this essay in prison and tried to inspire the ruler to defend his country and maintain his power Confucius one of the greatest Chinese philosophers wrote The Sacred Books of Confucius In his essay he taught his students how to be a virtuous ruler and how to set up a good example to govern his people They both had some different opinions about human itself the character of a ruler and the issue of the punishment of the disobedient While Confucius believed a virtuous ruler should make a good example for his innocent people and reform or educate them to be the greatest follower and to be loyal to himself Machiavelli thought that since all humans are evil Confuciuss idea of setting up a good example for the people would not changed the basic character of human being instead an experienced ruler should be feared from everyone when he appeared to be faithful for them In Confucius essay he showed his love for all humans kind He believed human nature can be good that human beings are born with no given definable nature at all and are therefore infinitely malleable He stated that the virtue of the prince is the wind and that of the common people the grass The grass bends in the direction of the wind 197 He compared human beings to the grass who always follow their example or leader and go the same direction as he is He viewed a human being as a natural creature whose nature could be explained causally in terms of impressions coming from the environment By the meaning of the following Confucius believed human nature also can be taught It can be changed from evil to good from dishonest to upright When his
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