The lecture that I have taken during this week was related to Eastern ethics, their philosophers and theories that relate to their ethical values. Different cultures and ethical systems produce theories that favour one consideration over others which are the fundamental moral unit of each society. Therefore, during this week I have learnt and understood the eastern ethics and how the eastern people and their societies including Confucians from china, Persia (Iran) and Japanese art of ethics is practiced.
Taking part this class, it has opened my eyes to learn some useful points about the Confucianism that is used to practice in China. I have learnt and fully understood that Confucianism is an ethical and philosophical system that was developed and practiced from the teachings of the Chinese philosopher Confucius. Confucius ethics focus on ethical theories to education, societal ethics and political ethics as well. Confucianism encourages to education and learning, and the study of rules of right conduct with a view to their practical application.
In addition to that, Confucius laid great stress on the importance of character, purity of heart and conduct. He forced the people to develop a good character first. Thus, from what I have learnt from this week, I can say that Confucius has had a great part in moulding the history of the China and his influence is to this day a dominant factor in the public and private life of China. This is because, he had highly developed moral sense and a realisation of the supreme importance of morals in human life. One of the most memorable quotes that I can remember from this lecture is the saying from Confucius “What you do not wish for yourself, do not do to others. This quote can easily show us the way in which he was thinking at that time and the whole meaning which can be easily understood from the quote.