Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Confucius and the Widening Gap Between Rich and Poor

Confucius said, "If you want to advance, help others to advance." Kongzi (the more accurate form of his name) had nothing against people becoming wealthy. He was for the prosperity of the community, but not against individual wealth.

Check out this installment of The Naked Economist. It indicates the state of the US economy, by some measures, is closer to the economy of Brazil than the economy of Japan.

The people at the top are ignoring the prosperity of the people at the bottom. This is contrary to Kongzi's teaching.

Confucianism is very pertinent to contemporary American society.


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