Kong Qui, otherwise known as Confucius was a Chinese politician, teacher and philosopher. He was a man with many ideas and teachings that left their mark on Chinese culture. Little is a definite fact regarding Confucius’s early life. It is thought that he was born in 551 BC with his death coming 82 years later in 479 BC. At the time of his death, it is said that Confucius was not aware of the impact his teachings had on the people of China, his philosophies have influenced Chinese culture right up until the present day; today they are still regarded with the utmost importance. Confucianism is an ethical and philosophical system that has been developed from the teachings of this man; it is also sometimes regarded as a religion. Perhaps he was being modest when not realising his importance!
Lets talk a little bit about his views on study and his awareness of the golden rule.
What is the golden rule?
The golden rule is the name that was given to the ethical code that is familiar to everyone as treat others how you would like to be treated. It was named the ‘golden rule’ in the 1600’s by people from Europe, however the concept long outdates the naming.
This ethical code is practised in many religions and is fundamental to a respectable, healthy relationship between humans. Confucius was one of the first recorded to speak of the importance of this rule within ancient China -“What one does not wish for oneself, one ought not to do to anyone else, what one recognizes as desirable for oneself, one ought to be willing to grant to others” This concept is so wide spread and transcends religion, race and language, it is spoke about all around the world with slight difference in the delivery of the message. We would be wise to not forget this simple rule.
If you are reading this, chances are that you would agree with Confucius’s views on education and study. “To enrich your family there is no need to buy good land, books hold a thousand measures of grain. For an easy life, there is no need to build a mansion, in books are found houses of gold.” This shows you the importance he placed on learning. The careful study of the right books can hold the knowledge and power to allow you to create and live the life that you desire. Confucius taught that as you go through life you are always a student and that education is constant journey of self-realization and personal development, fast forward 2500 years and this is still very relevant. “If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself.” See everyone as your teacher and the possibilities for growth are endless. Continue to study life whilst you experience it.
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