2 Confucian Philosophy

Riches and power are but gifts of blind fate, whereas goodness is the result of one’s own merits. —HELOISE

DESPITE BEING KNOWN as the melting pot of the world, the modern U.S. culture has largely been shaped by Judeo-Christian religions and Western ideas passed down through the Enlightenment and dominated by the influences of Modernity. The democratic political system, the official holidays like Christmas, and the assumed importance of the notions of Freedom and Reason largely define modern Western civilization. Comparatively speaking, modern Americans know relatively little about Eastern religions and philosophies. While many factors define a nation’s identity, few would dispute that underlying cultural and religious ...

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