Confucianism and It's Political View

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  • Topic: Confucius, Analects, Arthur Waley
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The main idea of an ideal politician is the one who rule the people with virtue and correct the wrongs with rite. Also, he mentioned three essential elements that a good ruler must fulfill which are providing enough food provisions, performing well-trained army and establishing honesty and integrity among the people. Last, Confucius believed that the teacher should teach students in accordance with their aptitude, thus he taught his students differently when they ask about government. First of all, in the analects of Confucius the master mentioned “He who rules by virtue is like the polestar, which remains unmoving in its mansion while all the other stars revolve respectfully around it.” (The Analects of Confucius, 2.1)This means that if emperor rules with virtue the people will support him thus the empire will remain prosperous. This is fairly true, throughout the Chinese history the ones who rule with virtue instead of levying a heavy taxation among the people are being respect and supported by their people. Secondly, Zigong once asked Confucius about government and he answered “Sufficient food, sufficient weapon, and the trust of the people” (The Analects of Confucius, 12.7) and also mentioned that among all the three elements the trust of the people is the most essential one after all “ without the trust of the people, no government can stand” ( The Analects of Confucius, 12.7) This viewpoint still fits the modern society, we know that the establishment of democracy is based on the trust of people thus without trust it is hard for a government to operate smoothly. Another part that also worth paying attention on is that Confucius claimed that teaching with respect to the aptitude of the students is important, he acknowledged different aspects of good governing. When Zizhang asked about governing he told him to ponder about it all the time and set a foot on it loyally. While when Lord Ji Kang asked Confucius about governing he said that he should rule with...
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