Contribution Of Confucianism In China

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The ideology of Confucianism, also known as the "Ru" or "The Scholars", originated from Confucius, the first teacher who advocated ritual and propriety, humaneness, learning and the past. Subsequent scholars contributed to Confucianism in different ways, but its core foundation remains as a humanist system that views harmony and virtue as paramount principles in dealing with the relationship between nations, countries and individuals.
Confucianism first rose to prominence during the Han dynasty, wherein it was made the state ideology and has since made significant contributions to China's political and economic sector. In Confucianism, political virtues were highly
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For example, technology in agricultural farming has greatly improved production efficiency, contributing to economic productivity and growth. In 1600, China's GDP comprised 29% of the world's total , a substantial figure which can be partly attributed to its comparatively better educated population. Neighboring countries which include Japan and Korea gradually began to emulate Confucianism practices - an affirmation that its values were increasingly seen as pillars to success. However, although the focus on education led to higher cognitive abilities, the overemphasis on education brings about unnecessary stress and adversely impacts the quality of life in a country. For example, in modern Asian countries, elevated stress levels and depression cases in students are prevalent due to the highly competitive environment in the pursuit of education and better job…show more content…
Furthermore, a hierarchical structure allows for people to focus on their duties at hand, and thus establishes a more systematic method of administration which improves efficiency in the country. The ruler, who is ranked at the top, would be virtuous such that instead of imposing proper behavior by law, people would automatically follow his virtuous example . This is true to a certain extent - but only when the governor does indeed practice moral integrity and virtuousness. For example, Duke Shao of the Zhou family exercised a virtuous government and when he had died, the later generations still thought of him. This reflects the meaning of the Ode "The umbrageous sweet pear-tree" ; for he had rested under that pear tree and later generations, remembering his virtue, could not bear to hew it down . True reverence for the people and especially the officials and governors would therefore lead to peace and harmony in society, which can be considered as part of the success of Confucianism. During the early Sui dynasty, resistance in the Southern regions against the Sui conquest were still existing , but Emperor Yang's benevolent rule eventually gained respect from the people and eased tensions . However, emphasis on social hierarchies can be a detriment to society as well, because people of
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