Happy Birthday to Confucius, Asia's most important and enduring thinker,
who turns 2,560 today. While often viewed as a conservative, he was
also an independent, self-made man who believed that politics must
serve morality, which he defined as the good of the people.
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"He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be
compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the
stars turn towards it."