The teachings of Confucious revolve around living a viruous life. In his view a
world in which everyone holds themselves to a high standard of virtuous thought and
action is an ideal world. He believes that the common good is attained through the three
main virtues, Jen, Shu, and Li.
The virtue of Jen is one that is based on attitude.
It is a virtue that is based on
looking out for the good of others. Confucius believed very highly in cooperation and
taught that having the virtue of Jen meant that one would cooperate with society and thus
promote the common good. The Jen attitude also place the value of people in very high
regard and because of this high regard one treats others very kindly.
The virtue of Shu is basically the same as the golden rule of christianity. Anything
that you would not want done to you do not do to other people. Having the virtue of Shu
meant that one was conscious of the affect that their actions have on other people and if
very careful to make sure that the affect in not negative.
The last virtue Li is the result of Jen and Shu. It is all of the great things that come
because of the first two virtues. In Confucius’ opinion this was best displayed during the
fuedal period in Chinese history. This was the best example of a social order in which
everything was in its right place. Li was the proper execution of a religous and moral way
The confucianist teachings are in many ways what a civilized and humane society
would view as common sense or the right way to live.
He emphasized the proper
treatment of others and place great importance on the value of human life. .