|Washington (DC), October 28, 2009.- Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H. Res. 784, which was sponsored by Congressman Al Green (TX-09) and honors the 2560th anniversary of the birth of Chinese teacher, scholar and philosopher Confucius and recognizes his invaluable contributions to philosophy and social and political thought.|
Confucius is considered by many to be one of the most celebrated thinkers of all time. He created and developed the ethical and philosophical system known as Confucianism, which is based on the idea that moral development of the individual allows the state to be governed by moral virtue, rather than by coercive laws.
“Confucius’ teachings about personal introspection, self-cultivation, respect for social relationships, personal and governmental morality, justice and sincerity reflect a moral fiber of the highest degree which have had a deep influence on the social and political thought of many countries such as China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and Vietnam,” said Congressman Green while speaking on the floor of the House.In addition, Green continued, “Confucius preached that politicians must always represent truth and morality.”
Confucius is famous for teaching the philosophy of reciprocity, which advocates the principle of “Never to impose upon others what you would not choose for yourself.” He also taught the ‘silver rule’: “Do not do unto others as you would not have them do unto you.”
“This resolution will also help the American people learn about the teachings of someone who has transcended culture and time,” said Congressman Green while adding that this resolution is “a reflection of the diversity we celebrate in the United States”.
Congressman Green also highlighted that the Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China and the Chinese community dedicated a cast bronze statue of Confucius in Houston’s Hermann Park last month to celebrate the 2560th anniversary of his birth.