Confucians regard the social world as sacred. Explain.

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For the follower of Confucianism, there has to be a level of social accord that follows internal beliefs of the individual.  The harmony of the social world is extremely important to the Confucius follower.  When individuals have internalized what has to be done in a social order and absorb it as part of their subjectivity, not for the external end but rather its intrinsic value, then there is a greater chance of social harmony.  When Confucius says, "There is government, when the prince is prince, and the minister is minister; when the father is father, and the son is son," it helps to reinforce the idea that the social world, when internalized by the individual is sacred.  It is revered because the social world is an externalization of the individual's beliefs.  In this light, it is a manifestation of the individual and is sacred to this extent.

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