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Which of the following was an important virtue in Confucianism?

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Warlike prowess

Correct Answer: 
No

Filial piety

Correct Answer: 
Yes

Public charity

Correct Answer: 
No

Poverty

Correct Answer: 
No

Manual labor

Correct Answer: 
No

According to The Analects, the foundational text of Confucianism, filial piety (xiao) is considered to be one of the key qualities that all humans should seek to cultivate. As described by Confucius, filial piety entails being obedient and caring toward one’s parents and elder siblings, supporting them in their old age, and performing prescribed rituals for their spirits after their death. Confucius argued that the universal practice of filial piety is one of the requirements for the establishment of a harmonious society.

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