The Ideal Person

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The Ideal Person
Cameron Bonner
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March 20, 2014
Gregg R. Johnson, Ed. D.

The Ideal Person
An ideal Person according to Confucius was one who had the ability to focus on the reality of the world and be empowered to provide guidelines as to how people ought to live their lives. His main goal was that everyone was in a position to carry themselves with dignity, good moral character, grace, and be well spoken. The Ideal person in regard to the way he was described by Confucius could be regarded as someone who has been able to learn how to live their entire life within the parameters that had firmly been established by the Heavens.
Confucian taught five virtues that an ideal person ought to have: ren, xiao, li, shu, and wen. Ren can be translated to refer to simply goodness or compassion. This is the central virtue from the teachings of Confucianism that does make us to be human. Ren has two major aspects: reciprocity and loyalty. Loyalty can be defined as the commitment to the true Way, while reciprocity refers to not having to inflicting on other people that which you would not want. These teachings continue to affirm that wisdom has different aspects, and among these is the capability to be a good judge of other people’s character. This teaching affirms that the qualities of humanity, benevolence and love are qualities are in all humans and it remains the duty of parents, governments and teachers to cultivate Ren. Li is refers to the proprietary good manners or rites. It is a virtue that does support Ren since it is the human nature benevolence. Confucius promoted Li as one of the most important steps towards social acceptance. Shu refers to the virtue of equal reciprocity according to Confucius; an ideal person ought to have been one who could comfortably teach morality to the later generations. Equally to be noted here is that mastering and teachings…...

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