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Chinese Political Philosophy Assignment 24 Confucius The Teacher and Person For centuries Confucius has been a source of inspiration to the citizens of China and East Asia educated and illiterate Confucius has served as an example for the Chinese on how to have a well-lived life It is not only because of his words and actions that Confucius is a prolific Chinese figure but also because of the overall personality expressed in his words and actions For example proverb number 8 on page one 1 Confucius explains how people that seek personal gain or solely gain are inferior while men who seek righteousness are superior The point of this proverb is to let others know that if they as a whole seek righteousness the will prosper while if the independently seek profit or gain the will plunder Humanity The most important quality that Confucius identifies was that of Jen or humanity Although it was one of Confuciuss main virtues he never actually defined Jen When his disciples would ask him if a certain conduct or person were an example of Jen he would say the person or conduct fell short of being Jen But Confucius says that Jen is not far away from us and then he suggests that few people can keep Jen in their mind constantly Filial Piety Filial Piety Filial relating to family And piety relating to righteous or devotion are the devotion to ones parents and other family Filial Piety has always been an integral element life throughout China Confucius believed that a person loves to be loving by experiencing it first-hand in his family Becoming a person with high moral depend on reaching to others in a continuously widening circle the love that
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