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China yet has to develop a new soul for its own, probably a combination of an adapted version of Confucianism and universally held modern values.|
Confucianism has been in the past millennia and will continue to be, the core of chinese culture. While it was once or twice denied, negated, and worse still discarded during China's recent history in favor of other "better "forms of ideology, its values are still cherished by a good majority of Chinese people. To this day, many Chinese people still observe its tenets. Even the least knowledgeable person living in the most rural area knows to quote some tenets of Confucius in educating their child.
What's the core value of Confucianism and why such a tenacious hold on China's culture? This is the question I often contemplate and many must have thrown light on. My thoughts lead me to this conclusion: People need to be good, and Confucius was a great mentor to learn from. Despite some demerits it bears, some of them truly oppressive ones, Confucianism teaches people how to be generally good. As a matter of fact, these values are not unique to Chinese culture. They are also present in other cultures of the world, only in a different form, religious or otherwise. Culture is to people a way of expressing the common good we desire for humankind.
By modern values I mean the new ingredients over the past recipe for the benefit of all, in science, art, politics, etc. We have learnt from the west in many areas in the past, and we should keep learning. A good governance obviously is pivotal to all systems that work. I believe democracy is the ultimate path for China.
And who says this conflicts with the core of Confucianism: to be generally good?