Confucianism

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Beliefs

People who practice Confucianism believe in the ethical virtues of Jen (Integrity), Li (Proper Behavior), Ren (Humaness), Zhi (Knowledge) and Yi (Justice). They teach you to be human and to control the mind and the body and to act ethically in society. Confucianism emphasizes self-improvement through education. Confucianism encourages its followers to respect the family, which is the foundation of social order.

Why do people believe in Confucianism?

These virtues will help people live a safe and happy life. It does this by leading away from greed, temptation, sin and promotes humanity. If everyone practices the Confucian virtues and respects their family, there will be order and prosperity for everyone.

Why people follow Confucianism

It will lead people away from chaos and help them be a better person. The values that you will have learned will help you be kind, have many friendships and be known as a good person, which could keep you out of trouble and ensures social and political stability.

Extremists

There are few extremists because Confucianism is a philosophy not a religion. Also this philosophy teaches its followers to avoid extreme actions.

Current Events

Confucianism or Ruism is struggling to stay alive because there are too few followers ( around 6,300,000), which compared to other religions is very few. This decline may be caused by the emphasis on tradition. Confucianism expects people to place the needs of the family and society before their own individual needs. Confucianism places men above women in the family and society. Women today want to be more independent.

The Holy Books

Confucianism has four books that teach how to be a good human. They are important because when combined, they explain the meaning of Confucianism, and teach followers to become better humans.
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Chinese music Confucius temple, mo li hua, kui la, in Nanjing
The music has no lyrics, but I think it is used to calm the mind and body and help the individual think about Confucian values.

Credits

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Smith, Huston. The Illustrated World's Religions: A guide to Our Wisdom Traditions. (New York: HarperOne, 1991)

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