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The Chinese people have always looked up to Confucius as a moral and spiritual leader and regard his teachings as an ideal which should be aimed for in the cultivation of a good life The Chinese culture in this aspect reflects some of these teachings through its continued emphasis on family and discipline Rooted in customs and traditions the family unit is the breeding ground for values and mindsets which will be carried on throughout ones life Inevitably most of these values and mindsets will spill over in the management of state affairs The relationship between the family and the state is an intricately close one and Confucius articulates the way a Confucian scholar should begin his journey in his text The Great Learning In this piece of literature he begins by saying that The Way of learning to be great consists in manifesting the clear character loving the people and abiding in the highest good He states the importance of having good foundations and knowing the penultimate goal so that his journey might lead him closest to The Way This is important in drawing the conclusion that the relationship between the family and the state is a closely knit one and that they are parts of a greater order In the next paragraph he stresses the importance of an order by which one must follow in order to manifest a clear character The most noteworthy and relevant aspect here is that in order to bring order to the state the family must first be regulated This makes perfect sense since the state consists of many individual family units and if all the family units are able to regulate themselves then society should thus also be orderly Confucius goes on about the cultivation of oneself as the basic building block of civil society today whereby once the individual himself is in order he can then regulate the family once the families are regulated society
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