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Monday, September 28, 2015

Happy Birthday, Confucius!

On the 27th day of the 10th moon in the 22nd year of Kuke Hsiang of Lu the teacher-philosopher, Confucius was born. That would be September 28, 551 BCE.

When I was a child, fortune cookies often came with one of Confucius's sayings. An example is, "What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others," which is a variation on the "golden rule." Another is, "Benevolence is the characteristic element of humanity."

Confucianism is a semi-religious group of those who follow the teachings of Confucius, but do not worship him as a god. To learn more, read Confucianism by Louise Chipley Slavicek [181 SLA].

To find out more about the life of Confucius we have two books in our children's section, Confucius: The Golden Rule by Russell Freedman [J B CON] and Confucius by Russell Roberts [J B CON].

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