Confucius: An Analysis Of The Analects

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Confucius who lived from 551-479 BC, was a Chinese teacher and philosopher. He emphasized on personal morality, the way in which social relationships should be approached and many more such as justice. He had strong loyalty to his family and has huge respect of elders. A huge saying that has lived on for years is his principle “Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself”, which will be discussed throughout this essay. The Analects is a text structured by a group of Confucius followers which noted key terms of ethical perspectives. The Analects are made up of hundreds of independent passages and is divided into twenty books. (http://www.indiana.edu/~p374/Analects_of_Confucius_%28Eno-2012%29.pdf) In the Analects, humaneness is an essential virtue that determines relationships and this then guaranties social harmony. This is clearly seen in the Analects text and can also be observed in social society in today’s world. Throughout my essay I will discuss what Confucius means about this virtue and how he values it, and will link it into the three sections of contemporary society: The increasing of human interconnections, the evolution of the human way of life and factors such as cultural and technology that have transformed. People who are defined as humaneness are loving and kind and think of others before themselves. They are individuals who have patience in doing things to make sure they are done right. Confucius did not have one definition for Humaneness, he

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