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Confucianism the philosophical system based on the teaching of Confucius 551-479 BC dominated Chinese sociopolitical life for most of Chinese history and largely influenced the cultures of Korea Japan and Indochina The Confucian school functioned as a recruiting ground for government positions which were filled by those scoring highest on examinations in the Confucian classics It also blended with popular and imported religions and became the vehicle for articulating Chinese mores to the peasants The schools doctrines supported political authority using the theory of the mandate of Heaven It sought to help the rulers maintain domestic order preserve tradition and uphold a constant standard of living for the taxpaying peasants It trained its adherents in benevolence traditional rituals filial piety loyalty respect for superiors and for the aged and principled flexibility in advising rulers Whilst thy father and mother live do not wander afar If you must travel hold a set course Confucius 19 Chinese Adoption of the Philosophy The Chinese social culture has since adoption of Confucianism been very family related In order to understand the thoughts better imagine your self at that time People were farmers and the ordinary way of life was to cultivate which means work hard and to produce as many children as possible preferable of male sex The parents were responsible for their children for as long as they could work and thereafter the roles were overturned as the children had from there on to provide for the family This shows how important the family relation was at that time stressed by Confucius in his philosophy and still is in China Let me repeat myself the strongest link in the chain of the family was and is mutual take care of your beloved ones because no one else would This system has deep roots in the Chinese culture and it would be easy to think that its not going to change in a very
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