This book has three parts, the history of Confucianism, the main concepts, and the application. It is written in the introductory style, short and simple. The biggest setback is names and concepts are written in Wade–Giles system, which is hard for people who are only familiar with pinyin to follow. I wish there were some Chinese characters and/or pinyin.
- Confucianism looks back to the mythical/ancient past of Chinese cultures for virtues to follow.
- Just like other major religions, Confucianism evolves by merging and adopting ideas from other school of thoughts/religions, like Taoism, Buddhism, Legalism, etc. There are also different branches of Confucianism.
- Confucianism theme revolves around how to live and be in relationship. It emphasizes Ren (benevolence and kindness), Li (principles), Wen (arts and cultures), and Zhong (means).
- Confucianism way of life start with meditating (think about what you are going to do) then taking action mindfully and with dignity.
- Confucianism values the harmony and art appreciation, including martial arts.
- Silver Rule: Do not do to others what you would not have them do to you.
- Learn from exemplary people, lead with virtues, do the right thing no matter if it will bring benefits or not, and look inward to cultivate yourself.