“Life of Confucius”
Bryan Fontin Mr. Correira January 31, 2011 Period G
confucius.2 Since he was born into a poor family. Confucius became married at the age of nineteen to a woman named Chi-Kuan and had a child.org/lunyu/edbio. government. When he was twenty-two. political figure.htm.3 Growing up in poverty and having no father by the age of three gave him a different perspective of life. http://plato. By the time he was fifteen. and the value of education.htm
. where he expanded his thoughts and ideas to other people. a year after.org/lunyu/edbio. He spoke about his ideals of behavior. According to Chinese tradition. he was a thinker.According to legend. justice by law. and while doing that he educated himself. he managed stables and worked as a book keeper. Confucius is described as having endured poverty and a humiliating childhood.1 He lived between the years of 551 and 479.edu/entries/confucius/ 3 http://www. Confucius devoted all his time and effort into learning.confucius. It had a jade tablet with a prophecy saying.stanford. “I child as pure as crystal will be born for the continuation of the declining of Chou. educator.4
Something very troubling to Confucius was his perception that the
http://www.biography. to become a king without a kingdom. he started what is thought of as the first private school. a unicorn appeared and foretold the birth of Confucius. K’ung Li.com/articles/Confucius-9254926 4 http://www. and founder of the Ru School .
what characterized great rulership was having virtue.5 Confucius believes that people live their lives within barriers firmly established by Heaven. When Confucius was asked by a ruler of the large state of Qi about the principles of good government. Confucius represented his
http://plato. the father being a father.7
Confucius thought that the government reinforcing these rules would recreate the ‘commonwealth state’ into a utopia.” For Confucius.stanford. but he argues that men are responsible for their actions and especially for their treatment of others.confucius. and the son being a son. he replied: “Good government consists in the ruler being a ruler. and promote education.edu/entries/confucius/ http://plato.6 His views on the government was that every citizen of the state should have a specific role and they should do their best at that role in life. He blamed this collapse to the fact that those who had power as well as those who occupied small or ordinary positions did so by claiming to titles for which they were not worthy.edu/entries/confucius/ 7 http://www. We can do little or nothing to alter our fated span of existence but we determine what we accomplish and what we are remembered for. Every ruler should be kind.political institutions of his day had completely broken down. provide a good life style for the people. they should also be educated themselves.htm
.stanford.org/lunyu/edbio. the minister being a minister.
9 He claimed that he was a changer and not a maker and
that all he did reflected his reliance on and love for the ancients.com/articles/Confucius-9254926 10 http://plato.stanford.12
In recent years people can look at Confucianism with a more rational state of mind.edu/entries/confucius/ 11 http://www. 10
Confucianism was primarily a system of ethical precepts for the proper management of society. Jen is expressed through the five relations—king and subject. His strong dislike was of the petty men whose clever talk and disgraceful manner win them an honor.html 12 http://plato. and friend and friend. Confucius's
goal wass to create gentlemen who present themselves with grace.edu/entries/confucius/
. by the age of fifty. It described every man as essentially a social creature who is bound to his fellows by jen.factmonster. 8 Confucius saw education as a
process of constant self-improvement and held that its primary function was the training of noblemen.edu/entries/confucius/ http://www.com/biography/var/confucius.teachings as lessons transmitted from antiquity. a term often rendered as humanity or human-kindness. He also claimed that he enjoyed a special and privileged relationship with Heaven and that. husband and wife.stanford. he had come to understand what Heaven had mandated for him and mankind.biography. speak correctly. elder and younger brother. and demonstrate integrity in all things.stanford. some even suggest returning to Confucianism for wisdom while opponents hold that Confucianism should be held responsible for the backwardness of China's development and for that reason its dominance should not be revived. parent and child.
His ideas of the five noble tryths are still in affect also.factmonster.org/lunyu/edbio. Some follow it religiously and some see it as an example of how to behave.13 Confucius’ ways are followed by many people.com/intro/religion/confucianism/
http://www. When Confucius died he left a great legacy and gained many more followers.
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Confucius’ child hood life http://plato.works are studied by many scholars in many other Asian countries.com/intro/religion/confucianism/
.html • Some more about Confucianism and its impact
http://www.travelchinaguide. Some of his views of government are still used today. there is a process of test and opinions that also determines who rules or not. one difference now is that women have more power. such as Korea. Every ruler has been educated and it isn’t just simply becoming ruler.stanford.biography. Many of those countries still hold the traditional memorial ceremony every year. particularly those in the Sinosphere.confucius. Japan and Vietnam.travelchinaguide.com/biography/var/confucius.edu/entries/confucius/ More of his younger life http://www.com/articles/Confucius-9254926 • Things about Confucianism http://www.htm A few things on his belief of strong education http://www.