The grass roots of Confucianism derive much of their beliefs from past traditions and past dynasties. Confucius stated that a virtuous individual was one who respected and valued these traditions. At the epicenter of his philosophy is refinement and self-cultivation. This philosophy revolves around the concept of “ren” or “compassion for others.” He suggests that one should disconnect from society in efforts to return to harmony in nature. Practicing this virtue involves depreciating oneself. H...
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... and are passed down through example. Again, he also believed filial relationships could have the same effect. One could argue that Confucius viewed virtuous behavior set by filial relationships as more important than the ruler setting an example. The basic concept surrounding Confucianism is the concept of “ren,” “li,” and “xiao.” These pillars, according to Confucius, are most effectively passed down to younger generations through creating strong relationships with senior family members and government officials who have already acquired virtue.
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