10 Ethical Theses of Confucius

MUCH OF CONFUCIUS’ TEACHING is directed toward the maintenance of three interlocking kinds of order: aesthetic, social, and moral. Though Confucius, as a teacher, emphasizes the “Six Arts”—ritual, music, archery, chariot-riding, calligraphy, and computation, he regards morality as the most important subject.

            The following are 10 of Confucius’ ethical theses.

1. Moral education is important because it is the means by which one can rectify a nation’s unpleasant situation and restore meaning to language and values to society.
 
2. Ethics must be practical and more concerned with earthly matters, such as good manners, treating others kindly, and enhancing family relations.
 
3. The practice of social decorum and ritual, or li, is the quickest path to ethical growth.
 
4. Heaven is an impersonal force of morality or ethics. (Though Confucius believed in heaven not in the traditional spiritual sense).
 
5. The most important moral lessons are to be found in the canonical Book of Songs, because many of its poems are both beautiful and Good.
 
6. Political philosophy must be rooted in ethical principles.
 
7. A ruler should learn self-discipline, should govern his subjects by his own example, and should treat them with love and concern.
 
8. The best government is one that rules through "rites" () and people's naturaly morality, rather than by using bribery and coercion.
9. A ruler should practice kindness and virtuous living.
 
10. The primary task of the ruler is to achieve the welfare (well-being) and happiness of the people of his state. To accomplish this aim, the ruler first had to set a moral (good character) example by his own conduct.

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Confucius teaching is more concern about moral and social practices of people. Do you think if Confucius became one of the leaders/rulers in his time, will he became a good leader/ruler to his people ? Why ?

This comment is for the question of John Kevin. He maybe a good leader in his time. Besides, his teaching about morality and social being, he may apply it by himself.

This comment is for the question of John Kevin. Maybe. We can't just judge the person without knowing all about him. Like he said "Don't wish to others, what you don't want to for". There are people who can advice his/her friend without applying his advice to himself/herself.

The best ruler must possesed moral values and ethics. Do you believe that a ruler with moral values and ethics can govern a democratic country??

This comment is for the question of John Kevin. Yes. Because teachers is a good leader by itself. I think no one would follow him if he is not a good leader. Besides, there is a religion that is named to him "Confucianism". :)

Confucius regards morality as the most important subject. Do you think morality must be learned and valued by all people ? why ?

Yes it must because if people learned and valued it, they will have a good reasoning skills and critical thinking, they can apply it to their everyday life and who knows someday you will be a good leader in your country because of your morality.

Yes because it is a thing that all of the people must have to be a good person

Yes I agree because it is some of our people don't give importance to it nowadays, morality reflects our personality so you must value it and don't let it be destroyed.

yes because the people will trust a ruler if he possessed moral value and ethics and harmonious relationship follow

yes because if the ruler has a moral and ethics there will be no corruption and all his people will be benifited

Confucius said A ruler should learn self-discipline, should govern his subjects by his own example, and should treat them with love and concern. In spite of all the moral philosophy and teachings of confucius, is he really successful to spread the world his philosophy in life? How does his teachings affect the life of its followers?

A ruler should learn self-discipline, should govern his subjects by his own example, and should treat them with love and concern. In spite of all the moral philosophy and teachings of confucius, is he really successful to spread the world his philosophy in life? How does his teachings affect the life of its followers?

I think confucius is successful in spreading his teachings worldwide. his words became standards in many fields. he was successful in a way that some people adopted his theories and used it as a guide to become good fellows.

Confucius was widely known in the field of philosophy and ethics. His teachings became a guide to some people when it comes to living properly. However, given in our present situation, I think some people are not applying his principles. With this in mind, I think Confucius was not successful in disseminating his teachings worldwide..

I think majority of the world's population adhered to Confucian philosophy. His teachings were one of the greatest. People used his teachings as a moral code in living properly.His teachings were also essential in a sense that it teaches good governance. I believe Confucius was quite successful in spreading his words and teachings to the rest of the world

Plsss.. like and comment! atleast One sentence:)) " Filipinos are very talented.. " Do you agree that all filipinos are really talented?? Why?? = Yes.. I believe that all filinos have their own abilities,Because god gave us assorted own skill and innate talent..

Yes. I agree that filipinos are very TALENTED, because we are ready to demonstrate our abilities and also to release our talent.. thats all!

Yes i agree..!simplY because, god gave us Electoral ability..

in my opinion.. Yes, the Filipino is talented, we know that. Instead of putting ourselves down, we should encourage ourselves way up.

Many of our filipino is suffering because of the mismanagement of government in our country. Question: Are you satisfied with administration of President Noynoy Aquino ?

yes ! Look around you and you'll see a Filipino's belting out tunes, dance and singing and act if they have the same expression when trying to be happy and sad.

Maybe YES because Government created more jobs but Filipinos were not contented because they want jobs with high salary but lock of qualifictions. Remember that, it is better to have a job than nothing.

are you agree that filipino are so creative?? WHY?? = YES.. i believe that filipinos are so creative. WE know that! because god gave us more knowledge, all of us are creative person!

Maybe YES ! People keep on complaining that they don't feel the difference from before, they have to remember that the Phil. has been down for20+ years, and now they are expecting a lot of changes for 3 years. People need to help the president because he is trying his best to help the country. "HE IS GOOD BUT HE IS NOT A MIRACLE WORKER."

YES ! Had Aquino he is trying His best to lead us to "Straight way" BUT the problem is not w /PNoy its these people "Aquino AROUND" to twist the way for EMERGENCY SELF-being and wealth ...

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