Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Ancient China Spotlight: Confucianism

Being that I am home with my sick daughter, I decided I better do some work since you are all in school today without me. She's taking a nap now, so I have some good WSG time. With my absence from school, I thought this would be a good time to share some information about Confucianism. So, let's go. 
Confucianism is not a religion. It is a philosophy, a way of behaving. Supporters of Confucianism argue that if a person follows Confucianism, they will do the right things in life. This way of thinking, known as Confucianism, was developed by a man named Confucius. Confucius was born in 551 BCE in China during the Zhou dynasty. Though his parents started out wealthy, the fall of the Zhou dynasty caused he and his family to become poor. When Confucius was 15, he discovered that he had a strong desire to learn. However, because he wasn't in a family of status and nobility, he was not allowed to get an education. He had a difficult time finding a way to learn since public libraries and public schools were not yet invented. Confucius decided he would go to work for a nobleman because this would give him the chance to get educated. With the nobleman, Confucius learned a lot and traveled all over the place. Confucius kept studying and learning and soon was the most educated man in the land. Word of Confucius's intelligence spread, and soon, people were sending their sons to study with him. Confucius taught all who were eager to learn the principles of his beliefs which were: developing strong personal responsibility and high moral character to do what is right. Through the years, Confucius wrote many famous quotes. 


9SydneyR said...

Well, I'm glad u stayed with her and make her better. We also missed u. (just so u know, 9th period was a little crazy, I mean very crazy! We were doing that packet u give us once in a while and it was about law. So when someone was saying something about the law, all of us were talking and saying things like, "Objection!" or "Order in the Court!"; some kids said for us to be quiet and trying to be louder than them so they can hear. It was funny though! It also didn't last long. We got our things done.

9SydneyR said...

Also I like the qoutes. It's really cool and more what a leader would say. I should say a speech almost.