Confucius : The Golden Age Of China

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Confucius lived at a time when China was warring among itself. He was saddened by what he saw happening in China and wanted China to be united and great again. I do not believed Confucius sat out to be one of China’s greatest philosopher. He only wanted to return China to its glory, what he considered to be the golden age of China. Confucius wanted to bring back the upright moral values that the Zhou Dynasty modeled. Confucius believed that if he can find an emperor that will adopt his teachings they will maintain the Tianming or the Mandate of Heaven. The Mandate of Heaven was very important at those times since the Duke of the Zhou made a speech explaining that heaven gave a family the right to rule and that Dynasties…show more content…
His thinking was that strong families will make strong communities which will make a strong government. Confucius believed that if the Emperor lived morally so will the people. If the Emperor didn’t show respect to his elders, then what will his followers do? Confucius saw the Emperor as the father to the whole country. Confucius says, “If you desire what is good, the people will be good. The moral power of the gentleman is wind, the moral power of the common man is grass. Under the wind, the grass must bend. (777)’. The gentleman was a man who had perfected being a superior man and Confucius believed all men should strive to become a gentleman. Confucius saw Filal piety associated with a state of mind that people knew who they were and where their place was in life and respected one another accordingly. This action he believed brought order and stability to the people. Confucius saw Filal piety in the way the Duke of the Zhou declared himself regent to his nephew, and while most thought he was trying get the throne. He only wanted to make sure the neighboring Lords did not take advantage of the young King. This is a great example of Filal piety. The Duke of Zhou cared for his nephew the way he should. In this behavior you can see that the duke of Zhou had the teaching of Filal piety instilled him. Confucius says, “When the father is alive, watch the son’s actions. If three years later, the son has not veered from the father’s way, he may be called a
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