September 29th Confucius Day

Born on Oct. 18th, 551 B.C. Confucius was probably the the biggest talker in history. A lot of his ideas are remembered and serve us well even today. Most of his “Sayings” were humorous, some thoughtful, and nearly all of them applied to times well beyond those he lived in. He was a great thinker, a man of deep thoughts, and perhaps a stand-up comedian who sat down. We may never know if he took himself seriously or not, but since his time, many others have. It’s odd to think that sound thinking is always thought of as brilliance… what does that say about the rest of us? Today has been celebrated for thousands of years, I wonder if he knew what he was saying would affect so many people?

How to celebrate – Get a book of Confucius sayings. Visit China. Come up with your own book of sayings that can be attributed to you.

September 29th Confucius Day

Confucius is one of the best known philosophers of all time. He was also a teacher, editor and politician during his time in China. Born October 18th, 551 BC, lu he was China’s Ben Franklin before Ben Franklin was born! His real name was Kong Qiu and lived during the Summer and Autumn periods in China. He dies in 479 BC, lu but not before leaving behind numerous words of wisdom.

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Among his famous quotes are: “Your life is what your thoughts make it” and “The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.” Definitely words to live by. There are literally hundreds of quotes to live your life by. Most are common sense, but it surprising how litte common sense there was back then which seems to have carried over to today.

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Since his time he has also been credited with some he probably never actually spoke, like… “Man who eat many prunes get good run for money.” There are more but they should not be repeated in mixed company!

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There are few subjects Confucius didn’t touch. Obviously they were intended for people who lived in his day but most carry over to today as well. I’ll bet Confucius and Ben would have been best of friends, or the worst of enemies. Either way, we can learn a lot from both of them.

How to celebrate – Study Confucius’ writings. Visit China. Create your own words to live by.

 

September 29th Confucius Day

Today is the day we celebrate the great philosopher, Confucius. Born in China, September 28, 551 B.C. . So why do we celebrate on September 29th? Well your guess is as good as mine. Does it matter? You’d have to ask Confucius!

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He was a teacher, scholar, and politician. Many of his thoughts have been repeated in the Bible. There is no doubt he was a very smart man. I am curious though whether he was well known in his time or not, who knows.

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He was a favorite in China until suppressed by the Qin Dynasty. His real name was Kong Qiu. It is surprising his works were not destroyed but supposedly he wrote everything down in chapters and they survived.

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Many of his teachings seem obvious to us today, they may not have been back during his life. Particularly in China where the Emperor could do no wrong. Logic in a world filled with people who believed they were gods often do not match up well. The funny thing about it is, Confucius was right and they were wrong.

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How to celebrate – Study Confucius’ writings. Practice Confucius’ teachings. Try coming up with your own life affirming statements.