Essay on The Good Teacher : The Great Teacher

1749 Words Nov 17th, 2016 7 Pages
William Ward, who is one of the utmost quoted American authors of inspirational proverbs, said, “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” Two teachers who not only met the “great” teacher requirement, but excelled at it were Confucius and Jesus. Even though these two teachers have amassed massive followings, greatly influenced both eastern and western hemispheres, and share similarities in their teachings on the subjects of love and relationships between human beings, Confucius focused more on correcting the worldly society in which he lived in while Jesus concentrated more on preparing his followers for what he called the Kingdom of God after death. Confucius was born around 551 B.C. in the northeastern state of Lu which is around today’s Shandong providence in China. It had been 500 years into what we call the Zhou Dynasty which had started out in the control of the Zhou kings, but by the time Confucius was born, that power no longer resided with them but, instead, rested with the states who were always in various conflicts with one another for territory, power, and moreover were quite corrupt in their dealings (The Zhou Heritage and Confucius’s Innovation page 1331). Whether it was a specific moment in his lifetime or just an accumulation of all the corruption he witnessed, Confucius decided he wanted to find an ethical system that would improve his crooked society. For answers, Confucius…

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