Confucius And The Golden Rule

Confucius And The Golden Rule

The Confucian version of the Golden Rule is prohibitive—it tells you what not to do—and so is sometimes referred to as the Silver Rule. It is written in the Analects of Confucius, which is a collection of lessons from the philosopher compiled by his followers after his death. Among other values, the Analects stress the importance of ceremony, respect for elders, and cultivating one's virtue.


from The School of Life

Key Facts In This Video

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    Confucius is said to have left the service of the Duke of Lu after the duke abandoned his duties to revel with horses and women. (0:24)

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    Confucius supported filial piety, or unwavering loyalty and care for one's parents. (2:11)

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    After his death, Confucius's disciples built schools and temples in his honor, and passed his teachings along for more than 2,000 years. (4:45)

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