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A shepherd who became the “Great Sage”
Chinese teacher, thinker, politician, philosopher, editor.
He taught and popularised ethics, combined with love, in all relationships. All his thinking was based on the fact that there is a duty to family and friends first, and then there is a duty to community. He also created the Golden rule for all to follow: “What you do not wish for yourself, do not do to others.”
If a man withdraws his mind from the love of beauty, and applies it as sincerely to the love of the virtuous, if, in serving his parents, he can exert his utmost strength, if, in serving his prince, he can devote his life, if in his intercourse with his friends, his words are sincere - although men say that he has not learned, I will certainly say that he has. Confucius, The Confucian Analects
Confucius, also known as the "Great Sage", mainly focused his philosophy around the concept of ren “compassion” or “loving others” to create thorough gentlemen who were “simple in manner and slow of speech” (Lunyu) and in no way pretentious, petty or clever show-offs. Human values and human beings are rated high above in his philosophy, higher than any material success or property.
The man who in view of gain thinks of righteousness, who in the view of danger is prepared to give up his life, and who does not forget an old agreement however far back it extends - such a man may be reckoned a complete man. Confucius, The Confucian Analects
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