Confucius: The Master Hero of Virtue

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6 thoughts on “Confucius: The Master Hero of Virtue

  1. I can remember about Confucius from the Olympics in 2008.
    He was the subject of the opening ceremony.
    In my school I had studied about him and his life.

    One of his wisdoms that I can remind is:
    “Dreaming about the impossible is the first step to it becoming possible.”

    “If you don’t know, learn. If you know, teach.”

    “Tell me about your past and I will know about your future.”

    Sorry about my poor translation. I don’t know if it’s correct.

    But Confucius was a genius.

    Great Post!


  2. I like Confucius. 🙂 He extols a secular morality similar, if not identical, to my own. Given the popularity of Asian philosophies and practices in the US, I’ve always been disappointed that Confucianism hasn’t caught on more. Not mystical enough, I suppose. But he was the perfect Hippie: It was all about peace, love and understanding. Definitely a man to listen to.

  3. Confucius was a very intellectual peaceful man that I believe everyone should take time to learn about his actions and philosophies

  4. I studied Confucius a little bit in high school and I definitely agree that he is a hero. In my opinion he is the same ranking as Nelson Mandela and Gandhi. These three men could all be considered transforming heroes, a term we discussed in class. A transforming hero is the highest level of heroism because this person changes or transforms an entire group of people with his or her positive impact. Confucuis' influence has lasted over 2,500 years and he is celebrated as being the best teacher to have ever lived in China. He has become a Chinese symbol of the ideals a perfect person should embody. I especially like the fact that Confucius stresses the importance of a humble attitude. I admire those who can recognize that, like both Confucius and Socrates expressed, "Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance."

  5. It’s really nice to see a Chinese here. But the Analects of Confucius is not written by himself, it’s recorded by his students when he said something. He is really popular in China and people even spend money learning the Analects of Confucius. In addition, as he spread his thoughts among the different feudal states, he didn’t give up when facing the failure. Not only his great thoughts make him a hero, but also his perseverance.

  6. I only learned about Confucius in high school in passing. Reading this blog, I can see how his philosophy more likely than not shaped the major religions that we have today; his simple and reasonable logic is human at the core and desires to connect people to each other. He is a hero because of his enduring works and influence on others.

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