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Confucius, Wise Master from China

He was a famous Chinese thinker and social philosopher (551 BC – 471 BC) whose teachings and life philosophy have deeply affected Far East life and thought.

His principles and philosophy emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice, and honesty.

Those values prevailed in China over other doctrines such as legalism or Taoism during the Han Dynasty.

Confucius’ ideas have evolved into a system of philosophy and virtuous conduct known as Confucianism.

Confucius had an extraordinary message for mankind: "If we are to attain a standard of orderliness and peace, we need to return to traditional values of virtue. Those values are based entirely on one unique concept: This is reflected through the Chinese term 'Jen' which means 'humaneness', 'goodness', or 'benevolence'."

The fundamental tenet of Confucianism is the unwavering belief in the perfectibility of human nature which is surprisingly similar to that of Christianity and other great religions.