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    George
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    Confucianism

    Post  George on Wed 20 Jun 2018, 10:11

    I have just read about Confucianism in The New Fontana Dictionary of Modern Thought.


    I gather that while Confucianism was suppressed in its own country of origin during Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution, it flourished elsewhere – especially Singapore. When I was in school there in the 1980s, some elements of Confucianism were even thought in classes, informally if not formally.


    The Fontana Dictionary describes Confucianism as a philosophy, but in Singapore back then some people were so sincere about it that it was treated like a religion. I suppose it is the element of ancestor veneration in Confucianism that particularly appeals to the notions of filial piety in which many Singaporeans were inculcated. Confucius himself advocted ancestor worship. I suppose the reason for this is as follows: our ancestors brought us into this world; without our ancestors we would not be here today; therefore it is right that we should worship them. Of course, as a Spiritualist myself, I have a different opinion on that matter (as I am sure victims of sexual abuse by their parents would about filial piety).



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    Re: Confucianism

    Post  Vera on Tue 26 Jun 2018, 16:46

    Confucius is believed to have said:

    己所不欲,勿施於人。

    “What you do not wish for yourself, do not do to others.” (Wikipedia.) This is the inverse of what Jesus said according to Luke 6:31:

    And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.

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