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Unformatted text preview: importance of military power (21). Instead, his philosophy urged rulers to follow the way and to rule with dignity and kindness in their kingdoms (22). However, Willis also highlights the impracticability of Confucius principles during crisis (24). Confucius centered on the long-term effect of his principles for producing gentlemanly rulers, but he did not offer solutions for short-term solutions which during the Warring States period were likely to be military problems. Willis demonstrates that although Confucius recognized violence contributed to the chaos of the Warring States Period, his philosophy of the junzi lacked the short-term solutions to help rulers create a stable environment in their kingdoms to follow the way of the junzi. 1...
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