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.
"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."