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Can Confucius Influence Our Lives Today Viewing Confucius basic ideas and principles today it is far easier to dismiss them according to our society rather than embrace them and take on the task of becoming a true gentleman His beliefs were created based on a time of warring clans turmoil confusion and a collapse of civilization in ancient China now we find ourselves in a time of prosperity and strong international relations yet there is still confusion In America we must deal with terrorism and racism today Confucius once said Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself Analects 1523 This stands true in American society as the Golden Rule expressed in the Catholic Bible Do to others as you would have them do to you Luke 631 It is not a question of whether Confucian ideals pertain to our society or not but more or less if we can adapt them to our culture and permeate new variations into our Americanized lifestyles In America today politicians win public support through such relevant topics as care for the elderly lowering taxes supporting the less fortunate and preparing our children for the future Confucius taught that politics are ethics and everything must be ethical Educating children is an essential step in preparing them for the future because they are the future On the subject of education Confucius said Forever occupy your thoughts with education He is telling the reader to always think about learning something new One should be open to learning something from anyone that one meets no matter how old or smart one thinks he is He also said Teaching is half learning This means that the person who is teaching is also learning from his students Like public schools Confucius took in all male students interested in learning He taught them to be gentlemen and to live life through the middle way Confucius spoke about the saving power
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