Many people from the West mistakenly considered Confucius, who lived 2,500 years ago, a Chinese religious leader. He was actually a philosopher, similar to Aristotle in the West. His philosophy emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice, and sincerity. He had more than three thousand disciples; most became high government officials.
One of Confucius’s disciples was named Tze Lu, an impulsive character who wanted to be a soldier. He always wore a helmet and liked to pick fights. Confucius warned him many times to tone down his temper and impulsiveness.