-0551 – Confucius – bio

K’ung-fu-tzu, known to western history as Confucius was born in China in -551 and became known as a thinker and philosopher. He studied and taught about a concept of the ideal man and how he should live and interact with others. His teachings about ethics were based on a version of the golden rule, “What you do not wish for yourself, do not do to others;” and “Since you yourself desire standing then help others achieve it, since you yourself desire success then help others attain it”. This was known at the time as “reciprocity”.

The ethical considerations were extended through a series of concentric circles with the self at the center, surrounded by family, extended family, a network of acquaintances, community, and more layers of society. The concept of reciprocity is also extended outward through the circles and beyond the limits of human society to include Nature and its patterns and well being. There is a sense of cosmic connection and continuity across the entire framework of the universe.

CONCURRENT:
-0600 – Laozi (Lao-Tzu)
-0563 – Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha)

SUBSEQUENT:
-0372 – Mencius
1130 – Zhu Xi
1626 – Intorcetta
1646 – Leibniz
1694 – Voltaire

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