Confucianism Essay

1112 WordsApr 18, 20125 Pages
China and Confucianism “Instead of nobly holding their prisoners for ransom, conquerors put them to death in mass executions. Soldiers were paid upon presenting the severed heads of their enemies. Whole populations unlucky enough to be captured were beheaded, including women, children, and the aged. We read of mass slaughters of 60,000, 80,000, 82,000, and even 400,000. There are accounts of the conquered being thrown into boiling caldrons and their relatives forced to drink the human Soup.” This was China. China before Confucius, that is. Before Confucius had a chance to develop his teachings and spread them throughout China. Even though the development of Confucianism had a great impact on China morally, there were several consequences that later developed, politically. "On reaching the age of 15, 1 bent my mind to learning." Confucius believed China could be saved if the people would seek for the good of others, a practice of their ancestors. This practice would be something China had never seen before. It was neither a religion nor cultural tradition. This practice was merely a new way of thinking. Confucius became a teacher in his early twenties, and that proved to be his calling in life. His was a great teacher, this was apparent to many and so his fame spread rapidly, building a strong following. He believed that society would change only if he held a place in public office, where he could finally put his theories into practice on a grander scale. At age 50 he became a high official in Lu, the city-state where he was born and raised. His moral reforms achieved immediate success, after a falling out he soon retired. After the fact Confucius gave lectures, wrote books and taught the people of China many ways to better themselves and their lives. Confucianism was instrumental in shaping Chinese social relationships and moral thought. Some of the things

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