Confucius's Theory Of Humanism

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Confucius was believed to be born around 551 B.C and lived to 479 B.C. Confucius was a Chinese philosopher in the fifth and sixth century that influenced many people and still does to this day. The Analects is said to be the most reliable source of Confucius’ ideas. The Analects is made up of sayings from Confucius and the people that were with him in his travels. Even though he did not define human nature in any way, Confucius said that all human beings are equal. Confucius’ theory would be valid if he had explained more about his beliefs and included everyone in them.
The Analects are based on humanism, not metaphysics. Confucius was more worried about the basic human welfare and not so much the ultimate nature of the world. He was concerned
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He even claims that finding a sage would be a rare thing, and he has no hopes of meeting one. That being said, all humans have the potential to be good, but we are all natural born sinners. Us humans are all equal in ways, but our characters are what makes us different. We have the power to become or do anything, including reaching our moral perfection. Confucius never clarifies if he thinks human nature is good or bad. This has caused some later conflict with people wondering what he actually thought of human …show more content…
We are formed and molded by how our character is and how we choose to live our lives. He made some valid points, but he was more focused on the well-being of the men and government, rather than everyone as a whole. Confucius’ theory of human nature can be something to learn from because how is anyone supposed to truly know if humans are good or bad. Humans are natural born sinners and they do not have any control on how their Destiny plays out for them. If they follow The Decree of Heaven then they should be morally good and have good harmony with Heaven. Confucius was unclear on many things, but his beliefs can still answer many questions that are around

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