Confucius Five Relationships – True Wisdom

Confucius Five Relationships – True Wisdom

Confucius Five Relationships – True Wisdom The famous Confucius, founder of the Five Relationships theory, was a Chinese philosopher, a political analyst, a teacher, and the father of the founder what can be called a religion or philosophy known as Confucianism.

He lived in China about 500 years BC and has since influenced the way of thought in Asian society. As with many geniuses of all trade, Confucius’s work, beliefs, and teachings were not recognized at all during his lifetime. It was many years after he died that people recognized him for his concepts and vision.

Confucius believed that there were five basic relationships that existed in society and intermingled with each other. The five human relationships that he recognized were Ruler to the Ruled, Father to Son, Husband to Wife, Older Brother to Younger Brother, and Friend to Friend. (“Confucius’s Five Relationships – True Wisdom | Coffee & Culture”)

Ruler To Subject

“According to Confucius, the ruler of a society is supposed to set a moral example for his people and lead with a father-like presence.” (“5 Human Relationships Theory – SlideShare”) So, it is also true that he must rule as though he is the father of an excessively big family.

If he does not rule by example, and, instead, rules by power, then, according to Confucius, he is not an exceptionally good leader. This led the Chinese to believe that Heaven did not support a bad leader, so if any bad luck or fighting be felled a leader, it was because he was not worthy.

Father To Son (in modern times, parent to child)

“Confucius considered this to be the most important of the Five Relationships, because a parent-like role is important in many situations.” (“5 Human Relationships Theory – SlideShare”) Confucianism, based on love and compassion, has a lot to say about the parent to child relationship and how mutual respect and admiration are required.

Husband To Wife

Again, the ideas of love, compassion, and respect are involved here.

Older Brother to Younger Brother

Here again there is an aspect of teaching between right and wrong.

Friend To Friend

This is more of a uniform relationship, although it could vary if the friends differ in age.

Confucius taught that a society where individuals put morals and virtue above everything else cannot help but prosper. So, he really emphasized the importance of rituals and standard of conduct. He also focused on the fact that everyone always can make the right choices, no matter what circumstances they find themselves in.

He stressed that if every single person in a society performs his part the right way by making the right and just choices, the society will be in harmony. Confucius viewed society as a giant wheel with the king as the axis that everything spins around.

So, he did believe in the hierarchal structure of society and that a society which was based on virtue, the goodness of individuals, and the Five Relationships among them, would not need punishment. (“Describe the five basic relationships in Confucianism”)

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