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The Ambition Of Confucianism Essay

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China, a country that is bonded with 5000 years of histories, is crossed with different religions. Among all the religions, the greatest impact that has on people is Confucianism. Confucianism is a Chinese ethical and philosophical system that was created by Confucius, a philosopher. It is sometimes seen as more of a philosophy than a religion. Yet, it is deeply respected by the people for its influences and teachings. One of the accomplishments is its well-known cultural impact; Confucianism before 1500 in China had a great impact on people’s traditional practices, such as foot binding for women, restricted behavior teaching as a guideline for people to follow, and ritualistic wedding ceremony and funeral, are universally practiced.
Foot binding was strictly enforced due to the definitely distinguishable differences between men’s and women’s status, also enhanced women’s eminence. Although foot binding was not started from the Confucianism culture, it was strictly implemented after Confucianism became popular. Women suffered tremendous agony in foot binding. According to Confucian beliefs, women have a lower status than men, thus foot binding was commonly used to define different status between men’s and women’s. Moreover, not just to show the statuses of men and women, but also the differences between the rich and the poor — foot binding was mostly applied to the rich doors’ girls. The poor families’ girl, however, for they had to work for living, could not bind their feet. As the consequence for foot binding, it limited the movements of women, which was effectual from stopping women to cheat on men, since they could not move far without help from others. Nevertheless, despite the distrust from men, foot binding was considered as mode expression of civility, which was exceedingly venerated by Confucianism. It was considered as appropriate, or obligatory for women to be foot bound. Foot binding symbolized the miserably lives of women, but also one of the strictly performed practices during the Confucianism era.
The conventional ethical systems had changed as Confucianism spread. It also reinforced the atmosphere of learning. In the flourishing year of Confucianism, not following Confucius’s thought brought shame to one’s family. Filial piety was the highest duty for everyone according to Confucian thought. The ambiance of respecting the elders surrounded the society, an exception was hard to find in a society. Filial piety was only one out of many indispensable elements in Confucianism. Moreover, features such as Li, politeness; Yi, righteousness; Xin, honesty; Ren, benevolence; Zhong, loyalty were widely spread. People were more moral than ever before, houses could leave unsecured; public security was safer than before, as people...

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