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Jason Frankel Philosophy 100 W September 20, 2009 Confucianism’s Integration into American Society Throughout my childhood, my parents, teachers, and other mentors preached to me “the golden rule.” “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” was what I was constantly told. In a way, this rule kept ethics simple. Every action, every moral decision, and every interaction with another could be based on this rule, and there was nothing else to it. As I read about Confucianism, I discovered that this rule has limited our understanding of other religions, especially Confucianism. Instead of being part of your conscious thought, we consider it a tool for young children to learn ethics. The central concepts of Confucianism, (Ren, Li, Xiao, and Yi) are all central themes of the golden rule, only they have been squeezed and merely pushed into one idea. Confucianism is about morality and ethics, yet it is drawn out into a philosophical lifestyle. This allows Confucianists to study humanity, worship, honor, and morals
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