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Confucius and Confucianism LIFE OF CONFUCIUS Confucius was believed to have been born in 551 BC in the state of Lu known today as the Shandong province His parents who died while he was a child named him Kong Qui Confucius was derived from the Latin word Kongfuzi which means Great Master Kong Confucius was the most influential and respected philosopher in Chinese history His ideas were the single strongest influence on Chinese society from around 100 BC to the AD 1900s The Chinese government made his ideas the official state philosophy and many nearby countries honored his beliefs Confucius wanted to gain the position as an adviser to a wise ruler but he failed He hoped to do this in order to be able to employ his ideas for reforming society If it wasnt for the disciples of Confucius his teachings would have never been spread around China and he would have never been made known His teachings were never written down by him but his conversations and sayings were written down by his disciples in the analects CONFUCIANISM Confucianism was the single most important thing in Chinese life It affected everything in China education government and attitudes toward behavior in public and private life Confucianism is not a religion but it is more a philosophy and a guide to morality and good government At the time Confucius was born China was in a constant state of war and rapid political change altered the structure of Chinese society so much that people no longer respected the established behavioral guidelines Confucius stated that the ideal person was one of good moral character The ideal person was also truly reverent in worship and sincerely respected his father and his ruler He was expected
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