This is one of a series of posts which includes a quote concerning human rights, animal rights, and the environment which will focus on anything motivating, uplifting or informative concerning these issues. Here is the first which includes an introduction:
Thought Provoking Quote
When the perfect order prevails, the world is like a home shared by all. Leaders are capable and virtuous. Everyone loves and respects their own parents and children as well as the parents and children of others. The old are cared for, adults have jobs, children are nourished and educated. There is a means of support for all those who are disabled or find themselves alone in the world. Everyone has an appropriate role to play in the family and society. Devotion to public duty leaves no place for idleness. Scheming for ill gain is unknown. Sharing displaces selfishness and materialism.
Confucius is China’s most famous and revered teacher, philosopher, and political theorist, whose ideas have influenced the civilization of East Asia. Though he fell from favour during the cultural revolution – at which time Chairman Mao Zedong declared that he Confucius belonged to the feudal age – and the Red Guards destroyed his grave, he is nowadays once again honoured and revered
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The philosophy of Confucius emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity.”
Oh if only! Who would not wish to live in the type of society which Confucius envisioned. I don’t agree with every thing that Confusion said and indeed I have not read his philosophy in any detail but the above for the most part describes an ideology for a better world.
Such noble ideals and aspirations seem so far removed from possibility, though they are for the most part the ideal. A real utopia , isn’t that want we all want? Who would not wish to live in such a society were its leaders are virtuous, where love and respect is universal, where all members of society are cared for including the sick, disabled, the elderly and children. Such ideology is far removed from the situation we have today in much of the world. When those who cannot care for themselves are regarded as a burden – vilified and labeled as scroungers, workshy and skivers as is the case here in the UK – such high ideals seem but a dream. While millions die from want of food, clean water and medication, where both human and non human animals are exploited for the greed of the few such a society is difficult to envision.
While the most able and most wealthy continue to increase their riches and thrive at the cost of the most vulnerable, it seems as though our ethical progression is going backwards rather than forwards.