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Lindsay Gillis – Short Paper 1 – 2 nd Theme Confucius believes that the proper way of ruling falls with a leader ruling through instilling strong morals through their followers. The followers must also be obedient and fully embody the teaching of the rulers, and must do so through the tradition that has surpassed them. According to the provided sources provided, “The ruler should employ the ministers according to ritual; the ministers should serve the ruler with loyalty.” (Confucius, Government). I interpret this source as they are following ritual, which is the moral action under the Confucian teachings. Also that the followers must be fiduciary and trusting towards whomever leads them because that is how the government will function harmoniously with public support. Without public support, it leaves room for revolt and disobedience that can weaken the group at whole. I do think that Confucius is right in some ways, the people under the leader must believe
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