Confucianism, the Literati, and Chinese Imperial Traditions

Religious Beliefs

What would Confucius have considered a cause for gratitude to Heaven?

First and foremost, propriety in all of the important human relationships. In addition, he would have been grateful for the predictable workings of nature. As essential as they both are to life, neither is a sure thing. When relationships and the cosmos are as they ought to be, these are the great wonders. As for Confucius himself, though he healed no one and raised no one from the dead, he did something equally marvelous: he taught without discrimination.


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