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According to Confucius, what is the only way to produce a stable harmonious society?

I want Confucius’ actual thoughts, not someone else’s interpretation on what he would say today.


  1. He believed that if a set of rules of courtesy (called “ritual” LI) were respected in society, relationships would become harmonious. But it also involved an inner awareness of the needs of others (“humanity” REN). Confucius stated the golden rule 400 years before the Bible: “What you do not wish for yourself, do not impose on others.” (Analects 12:2).

  2. Confucius believed in a strict set of laws. Anything that didn’t fit in with these laws or order, was deemed bad. So he believed that a society must have a strict set of laws that everyone must abide by.

  3. Here are some of his quotes:
    1. There are three marks of a superior man; being virtuous, he is free from anxiety: being wise, he is free from perplexity: being brave, he is free from fear…Confucius
    2. Life is really simple, but men insist on making it complicated…Confucius
    3. Behave toward every one as if receiving a great guest…Confucius
    Hope this helps

  4. ideal government. It has been a long time since i read it. Though he always talked about ideal government and how it should be done.


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