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5 Pillars of Confucianism

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Transcript of 5 Pillars of Confucianism

5 Pillars of Confucianism The Individual Follow the 5 relationships (Ruler/Subject, Parents/Children, Husband/Wife, Older Sibling/Younger Sibling and Friend to Friend) this will make the government run smoothly and keep the order of power. Also every person should strive to become a Chun Tzu by preforming Li/Propriety
The Master said, 1."Respectfulness, without the rules of propriety, becomes laborious bustle; 2.carefulness, without the rules of propriety, becomes timidity; 3.boldness, without the rules of propriety, becomes insubordination; 4. straightforwardness, without the rules of propriety, becomes rudeness."

This how Li should be preformed
Confucius Leaders Leaders must strive to be Chun Tzu's(ideal person) by preforming Li (Virtuous action) also they lead by example and shame rather than punishment always trying to make the people around him good in order to improve the country.
"Zi Gong asked what constituted the superior man. The Master said, "He acts before he speaks, and afterward speaks according to his actions."

Leaders must act before speak and take responsibility for there actions Family Always have respect for your families elders by preforming Filial Piety and your family in general. This will make good people and more Chun Tzu's to help run the governmen.Fan Chih said,
"What did you mean?" The Master replied, "That parents, when alive, should be served according to propriety; that, when dead, they should be buried according to propriety; and that they should be sacrificed to according to propriety."

Show Filial Piety to elders and parents in death and in life. Prevention of Corruption To prevent corruption within the governments leaders must lead with virtue and good values (Chun Tzus). If the leaders are good then corruption will be avoided and the government will run fairly and smoothly.
"If the people be led by laws, and uniformity sought to be given them by punishments, they will try to avoid the punishment, but have no sense of shame. "If they be led by virtue, and uniformity sought to be given them by the rules of propriety, they will have the sense of shame, and moreover will become good."

The leader leading with virtue will make good people and avoid corruption within government Religion The Mandate of Heaven is the biggest piece of religion in the idea of Confucianism. It is saying that the gods will bring justice to bad rulers. Either by giving signs to the people to rebel (famine, death, natural disasters) or directly
"The mean man does not know the ordinances of Heaven, and consequently does not stand in awe of them. He is disrespectful to great men. He makes sport of the words of sages."
Mean men do not preform Li and strive to be Chun Tzu's they are are at the mercy of the Mandate of Heaven.
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