His wisdom still shapes our future!
Confucius was an outstanding person whose teaching is often called a religion, although questions of theology and religion as such were of no importance for Confucianism. The whole teaching is based on morality, ethics and life principles of human-human interaction.
“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” Confucius
History did not retain the exact birth date of Confucius, but, according to some sources, he was born in 550 BC, according to other versions - in 551, somewhere in the winter. In China, there is still a legend connected with Confucius. It says that when the baby was born, a spring of warm water burst out of the ground, but as soon as the baby was washed in it, this spring disappeared.
He was one of the first who suggested the idea of building a highly moral and harmonious society. The golden rule of his ethic sounded like this: "Do not do to others what you do not want done yourself." His teaching has found such a wide response among people that it was adopted as an ideological norm at the state level, and remained popular for almost 20 centuries.
In the history of China, he is listed as the first professional teacher and organizer of a private school and a society of intelligent scientists. Confucius began his career very modestly, training boys who needed a mentor. If the students were not able to pay but demonstrated a great desire to learn and, most importantly, had talents, he did not expel them but allowed them to study further. Confucius taught four disciplines: culture, ethics (or behavior), politics (or devotion) and trust (that is, psychology). Gradually the number of his students grew, and after a few years, they already numbered three thousand. There were 80 people were special talents among them. The most zealous students rarely left the teacher for a long time; it was them who remembered all of Confucius's remarks and shared the details of his life.
His lessons are so easy to understand and perceive - therefore, they inspire so effectively:
"Isn't it a pleasure to study and practice what you have learned? Isn't it also great when friends visit from distant places? If one remains not annoyed when he is not understood by people around him, isn't he a sage?"
"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand."
“Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.”
"A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it is committing another mistake."
"By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest."
"Acquire new knowledge whilst thinking over the old, and you may become a teacher of others."
"Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it."
"Wherever you go, go with all your heart."
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."
Aphorisms of wisdom from Confucius give us an opportunity to look at oneself from a different angle to find such character traits that we probably were not even aware of and to know ourselves better. These statements, after many centuries, still reflect our real life, they are genuine. Reading them, we draw inspiration, and strive to make our life better, sometimes finding the strength to completely change it. Follow the age-old wisdom, and change the world around you!