By Sherwin Lu 2018-04-01
The English word “Confucianism” comes from “Confucius”, the name of one of the world-renowned great thinkers in China’s history, but the label “Confucianism” has often been wrongly applied to the later Ru school of thought, which actually deviated from and betrayed the authentic Confucian tradition. Therefore, it is essentially important to make a clear distinction between the two, which is the very purpose of this essay.... Nowadays, many scholars, both in China and abroad, are still mentally trapped in later Ru ideology. They always talk about the Ru school as representative of Chinese culture.... But this school did severe harm to Chinese civilization ranging from culture to political economy, brought about endless disasters to generations after generations of the masses of people, and reduced the once prosperous and powerful China to an ever more frail nation subjected to bullying by foreign aggressors.