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[Professor Name] [Course Number] [Professor Name] [Date] “Chi-Lu/ Tsze Lu asked about serving the spirits of the dead. The Master said, While you are not able to serve men, how can you serve their spirits? Chi-Lu added, I venture to ask about death? He was answered, While you do not know life, how can you know about death?
Thus, people believed more in after-life accomplishments rather than their contemporary position in society. Confucius felt that people need to feel the realism of life and they should realize their existence/role and existence of others in the society, rather than seeking moral help and guidance from their deceased ancestors. He wanted them to look inside for change and guidance rather than looking for signs from the ancestors. The above mentioned passage is taken from his famous philosophical work Analects. Confucius was born in an era when spiritual world and superstitions were highly significant in all aspects of life. People became more notorious about worldly matters and indulged them self in pleasing their ancestors, which consequently resulted in pessimistic impact upon people who actually lived in the society. Thus, the phenomena of pleasing ancestors needed divergence, therefore, in spite of pleasing ancestors; Confucius reverted attention of his people towards worth of a man in becoming an ideal man of virtue, who can unforgettable with his virtue and conduct. ...
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