Essay about The 's Impact On Chinese Thoughts

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I’m sure we’ve all heard the quote, “Choose a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life (Brainy Quote, 2015).” When I first heard the quote, it was from my 9th grade English teacher and I couldn’t tell you who had said it. But every day, she would repeat the same quote almost like clockwork and it stuck with me. With a little help from google, I found out that the quote belong to Kong Qiu or for many of us Confucius. Born around 551 BC, he lost his father at the tender age of 3 and grew up in poverty with his mother. Growing up in this horrible poverty was perhaps the greatest influence that helped shape Confucius into the philosopher he is known for today and possibly the reason why he stressed the dignity of the ‘Common Man’ (Confucius, 2015). His teachings were not only important to the common man but for China as a whole. But to really understand his impact on Chinese thoughts and culture we must first know more about him, what he did to impact China, and how China is today.
Confucius live during the Spring and Autumn era, known as a time full of chaos and conflict. Traditional Chinese principles began to deteriorate, resulting in a period of moral decline (Confucius, 2015). Realizing that China was at its most vulnerable, he set out to strengthen society’s values of compassion and tradition. He choose to exercise self-discipline whole, primarily focusing on the principle of “ren’ or “loving others” (Confucius, 2015). Basically Confucius set out to…

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