A Study Analysis on Confucianism

            Confucianism aims at making not simply the man of virtue, but the man of learning and of good manners. The perfect man must combine the qualities of saint, scholar, and gentleman. Confucianism is a religion without positive revelation, with a minimum of dogmatic teaching, whose popular worship is centered in offerings to the dead, in which the notion of duty is extended beyond the sphere of morals proper so as to embrace almost every detail of daily life. In Confucianism there are many beliefs and practices that stress on different things. Confucian ethical teachings include the following values: Li: includes ritual, propriety, etiquette, etc. Hsiao: love within the family. Yi: righteousness. Xin: honesty and trustworthiness. Jen: benevolence, humaneness towards others; the highest Confucian virtue. Chung: loyalty to the state, etc. Te: "The power by which men are ruled". Te is the ruler's virtue, discipline, honor and charisma with which he or she leads the people. It is also the power that makes people want to be ruled by that leader. Wen: "The arts of peace". This is the creative side of society that produces art, poetry, philosophy, dance and music. Chun tzu: One who is comfortable with oneself and one's surroundings and acts confidently. The major scriptures consist of: The Analects, Doctrine of the Mean, Great Learning and Mencius.

             There are also other beliefs in the Confucian society that they follow and live by. All humanity is good and always striving to be better, be loyal and live upright. The focus is on comprehensive truths rather than logic. They feel the more comprehensive the closer it is to the truth. Confucian's put an emphasis on sympathizing over others when they are suffering. They are always searching for a higher sense of sympathy for people. This belief system also entails the belief that the ultimate personal harmony in life is the relationships one has with: ruler to subject, parent to child, husband to wife, older to younger, and friend-to-friend.

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