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It seems hard to believe that a philosophy that began 2500 years ago is still the dominant influence on a major modern power Nevertheless that is the role that Confucianism has played in China Confucianism affects individual morality the roles of family members the roles of individual in society as well as the manner in which government must act In short this ancient teaching dominates almost every aspect of daily Chinese lifeConfucius was born in 551 BC during the Zhou dynasty His family could be traced to noble descendants but was poor because his father died leaving only his mother to raise him His state Lu was the cultural center of China He grew up while Lu was in a period of peace The affairs in his state greatly influenced him and his teachings Before beginning to teach Confucius had many governmental rolesIn 528 BC his mother died Following her death he observed a three-year period of mourning which is customary in China During the period in which he was mourning he began to study ancient history and literature After this time he began to teach and gained many followers Confucius would teach only those who were eager to learn and who could learn from their own thoughts He chose students who were known for their virtue who were gifted in art or speech who were distinguished in government or those who were eminent in literature Confucius ultimately achieved high rank in government He became Chief Magistrate of a town and was quickly promoted to Minister of Justice At the age of 56 he left the state of Lu expressing his concern over the rulers lack of seriousness and their lack of concern for doing the right thing for the people they ruled Before Confucius China had had some philosophical literature but Confucius took the best points of what existed and incorporated his own ideas to create the basis for his philosophy Confucianism In his
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