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Confucius was an official in the service of one of the great princes who
divided the governing power of China - Page 9
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Confucius Was An Official In The Service Of One Of The Great Princes Who Divided The Governing Power Of China Among Themselves During The Whole Of The Seventh Century Before Our Era, Which Beheld The Appearance Of Both Of These Religious Teachers And Leaders.

He was a trained administrator with long experience when he urged upon his prince the necessity of reform, and advocated a policy of union throughout the States.

His exhortations were in vain, and so far ill-timed that he was obliged to resign the service of one prince after another. In his day the authority of the Chow emperor had been reduced to the lowest point. Each prince was unto himself the supreme authority. Yet one cardinal point of the policy of Confucius was submission to the emperor, as implicit obedience to the head of the State throughout the country as was paid to the father of every Chinese household. Although he failed to find a prince after his own heart, his example and precepts were not thrown away, for in a later generation his reforms were executed, and down to the present day the best points in Chinese government are based on his recommendations. If "no intelligent monarch arose" in his time, the greatest emperors have since sought to conform with his usages and to rule after the ideal of the great philosopher. His name and his teachings were perpetuated by a band of devoted disciples, and the book which contained the moral and philosophical axioms of Confucius passed into the classic literature of the country and stood in the place of a Bible for the Chinese.

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