Contributions Of Confucianism

1034 WordsOct 12, 20175 Pages
Confucius was a great Chinese philosopher, but he was also a teacher, editor, and politician. He was born on September 28, 551 BC, and died in 479 BC. He was most well known as Confucius, but his real name is Kong Qiu. After his death, Confucianism became the official imperial philosophy of China. Later after his death, he was regarded as a sage who deserved greater recognition, and his teachings became more popular. He accomplished many great things in his life, and died a successful man. Confucius envisioned a type of government where people strived to succeed. He thought that how you go about trying to achieve something, is more important that actually achieving it. He once said, “Good government obtains when those who are…show more content…
Confucius said, “The progress of the superior man is upwards.” He wanted their leaders to better their government, so he took control, and told the leaders how they should act. Teaching leaders how to behave was important to Confucius, because he wanted to bring order to society, and he wanted good people who could do that. He wanted the rulers to not be cruel anymore. Confucius said, “The man, who in the view of gain, thinks of righteousness; who in the view of danger is prepared to give up his life; and who does not forget an old agreement however far back it extends:- such a man may be reckoned a complete man.” This was his real idea of a good leader. Confucius did not want the leader to be selfish, and he wanted them to keep true to their word. His opinion was that the superior man’s words should never be incorrect. He wanted the leaders to be truthful to the people, and not tell them lies. Another thing Confucius thought made a good leader was when someone who is in conduct of himself maintains a sense of shame, and does not disgrace his prince’s commission, deserves to be called an officer. This means that he thought if a man had these qualities, he was considered a good officer. He thought good leaders should maintain order by making sure what he said was carried out appropriately, as it is said in the Analects. He also said that in intercourse with others, be strictly sincere. Confucius did not want
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