551 BC Confucius born

September 28, 2021

551 BC Confucius born

Confucius is one of the most famous ancient Chinese philosophers. His teachings are a moral and ethical compass for people wishing to live fulfilling and meaningful lives under Confucianism.

Early life and family of Confucius

Confucius was born on September 28th, 551 BBC in Lu state. During this time, the fall of the Zhou Dynasty caused war and chaos everywhere. When Confucius was about three years old, he lost his father in battle, and his mother raised him as a single parent.

Career life

Confucius worked as a shepherd, accountant and clerk to support his family. As a young man, he was a devoted student passionate about changing the world. At some point in his life, he explored politics to try and change governance in China.

Most of his philosophies encouraged equality, for leaders to treat others with respect and lead by example. Some leaders did not agree with his teachings, so he decided to start a school and share his wisdom with the younger generation. The main subjects he taught were ethics, history, philosophy and arts.

Although education was only for the rich, Confucius tried to accommodate people of all classes. He believed that the world would become a better place if more people lived well.

Confucius and The Golden Rule

This concept appreciates treating others how you would like to be treated and is popular teaching for most religions. Confucius also came up with other sayings that popularized his role as one of the most influential Chinese thinkers of the 6th century.

4 Comments

  1. olga taylor

    Very interesting piece about Confucius. My 7 year old Grandson goes to
    Confucius school in Hong Kong. They teach all of what Confucius began to
    teach. It’s a very good school. And now my Son who is an American is President of the 3rd grade PTA.

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  2. Doreen Zepik

    My comment is not about the people in these articles. However, I was watching a program on the History Channel on Tuesday, September 28,2021 about magicians. It had an interesting presentation about a man who invented a type of “fortune telling” machine that could play chess and beat any of its competitors. Sadly, the machine burnt up in a fire and was totally destroyed. No one has been able to discover the secret to how the machine worked. I didn’t catch the name of the program and was unable to finish watching the show. (I was on a treadmill at the gym and had to leave). If it is possible, would you be able to tell me the name of that program and when it might be on again, so I can see it?
    Thank you for your help.
    Doreen Zepik

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  3. Doreen Zepik

    Thanks. I will be looking for your reply.

    Reply

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