Confucianism

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Confucianism
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February 6, 2012
Mr. Michael Hilley

Confucianism Confucianism is a philosophy developed in China and is often seen as a religion. It helps individuals learn and understand themselves and become one with society. Confucius’s primary goals are order, harmony, peace, and happiness. Confucius attempts to develop the perfect person through concepts such as ren, li, shu, xiao, and wen. A person must work towards these items to achieve Chun-Tzu, which is an exemplification of ideal virtue. Ren is virtue and humanity. When developing ren, one must develop a cultivation of feeling emphasizing respect, empathy, compassion, and love for all humanity and all people. This is extremely important because it places care in one’s heart and helps them overcome the negative exterior. Ren is an excellent quality to have and in Confucianism, it helps lead to the ideal human being. Li is propriety and proper conduct. This is doing what is right. This is treating people with courtesy and respect. Without Li, one cannot be the ideal person because they will lose their ability to respond to other human beings. In Confucianism it is essential to do what is right and exhibit proper conduct in order to become the ideal person. Shu is known as the Golden Rule and it emphasizes reciprocal actions and effects. Shu is one of the most important teachings of Confucianism. This is basically treating people the way you would like to be treated. Shu emphasizes an attitude towards others that reflects what one wants as a reciprocal. This is another essential element in becoming the ideal person. Xiao is filial piety. It reflects the dutiful relationship that a child has towards a parent. A person who embodies filial piety acts and feels in a way that one should feel towards their own parent. This person cares for, respects, and shows a duty towards individuals.…...

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