Essay Confucius Is The Best Kind Of Human Being?

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Confucius is one of the most influential teachers in Chinese history and his philosophy has shaped much of China’s culture. He was an Ontologist, who are individuals that deal with the nature of being. He spent a majority of his life asking and trying to find the answers to two main questions: Who are we and what is the best kind of human being? In this paper I’ll be sharing some brief history of Confucius life and explaining his philosophy.

Kong Qui or K’ung Fu-tzu, or Confucius as he is known in the western world, was “ugly, awkward, and shy, but a prodigy”. He was born in 551 B.C. in Lu (present-day Qufu, Shandong Province). Confucius was not of noble birth and suffered most of his life from poverty and rejection. Kong He, his father, was an officer in the Lu military (Wen). He was born out of wedlock after Kong’s legitimate wife failed to bare Kong a healthy son. Kong loved Confucius, despite the opposition of his legitimate family. Unfortunately, Confucius’s never met his father because he died when Confucius was three years old, and Confucius was raised by his mother Yan Zhengzai in poverty and rejection (“Confucius Biography”).

As he was growing up Confucius showed a knack for knowledge and his poor mother did whatever she could to provide him with education by sending him to the schools for commoners where he learned classical Chinese literature and "Six Arts": archery, calligraphy, computation, music, chariot-driving and ritual (“Confucius Biography”).…

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