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1) Confucius or Kongzi in Chinese born on 551 BC, in modern-day Nanxin, China, was a philosopher and politician who is traditionally considered the paragon of Chinese sages.
2) His teachings & philosophy underpin East Asian culture and society, remaining influential across China and East Asia to this day. He considered himself a transmitter for the values of earlier periods.
3) His philosophical teachings, called Confucianism, emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice, kindness, filial piety and sincerity.
4) Filial piety requires children to offer love, respect, support, and deference to their parents and other elders in the family, such as grandparents or older siblings.
5) He is traditionally credited with having authored or edited many of the Chinese classic texts, including all of the Five Classics, but modern scholars are cautious of attributing it to him.
6) Although Confucianism is often followed in a religious manner by the Chinese, many argue that its values are secular and that it is, therefore, less a religion than a secular morality.
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