‘Confucius’ is a poetic play, a story about life and death of a true intellectual giant of the Ancient world – the ancient Chinese Philosopher/Humanist Confucius whose wisdom like the North Star shone the Way near and far, for all.This play summarises the history of Ancient China leading up to Confucius’ time which was a very bloody period in Chinese history, plagued by many inter-state wars and great political intrigue. The play follows Confucius, armed with his radical ‘Egalitarian/Humanitarian’ ideas trying to convert the rulers of the various city states to his way of thinking from birth to death. Confucius is a most interesting character he was not a prophet and never lay claim to being one. He did not preach any particular religion from any particular god. He was far more interested in the physical plight of his fellow Man and not interested in discussing Heaven and the life hereafter. For Confucius it was incumbent upon the Ruler to first and foremost look after and promote the well-being of his citizens.
Qasir gives an overview of the book:
(Act V) - Confucius’ Self-exile to Ch’iThus at 36 Confucius followed his Duke in exile reluctantly. His beloved Lu was but a small provincial country While Ch’i’s capital on the other hand was arguably the largest metropolis of the Zhōu dynasty.Having immense strides in commercial and industrial development made.And long before, Ch’i impression had made in her Duke Huan providing, one of the Northern League’s leaders most outstanding, it had for many a generation in Lu’s affairs been meddling as well as open military conflict with it engaging. Confucius the interference of Ch’i notwithstanding, was excited at setting foot in her capital Lin-tse, finally for of its sounds, sights and attractions, many a tale heard he that in him had evoked wonderment and fascination.And so we find Confucius in Lin-tse’s enchantment, wandering and wondering in amazement at all the hustle and bustle of the metropolis so busy It was quite a thing leaving his village to go to Qu’fu to study but this was on a scale altogether granderwhich his mind could not quite untangle clear.Confucius: O Confucius, so many people, did you ever see all teeming about their business busy.To his right were many stalls selling all manner of fruit and vegetables, whilst on the opposite side there were a few butchers with meat and live poultry. Next came the spice sellers with their vivid hues and intoxicating scents, spicy. Confucius’ head and eyes were spinning as he took in the wonders of his surrounding. As he walked to the end of the street to his right he found himself in a street Full of silk drapers selling the finest silks- a myriad of colours. Confucius: Well Confucius, all-consuming has become your thirst and hunger… you better a place to drink and eat soon discover before you lose control of your senses here. But where to find a place to sate my stomach’s desire?(Confucius asks a passer-by)Confucius: Excuse me friend, but where may a traveller to this fair city find a place to sate his hunger?Passer-by: Well friend, Jing’s I have found always to be a place fair of price and food mmm delicious mouth-wateringly. Just turn left at the next street and miss it will not your nose, for the smell of the mian tiao will lead you to it close.Confucius: Most kind of you to come to the aid of this stranger, For the hunger pangs cannot be delayed any longer. (They both laugh and part their way)Confucius: Mmmmm what a delicious smell indeed He walks into Jing’s place resting his weary feet and orders a bowl of vegetable mian tiao most mouth-watering indeedConfucius: A most appetizing bowl of mian tiao I must say landlord, the like of which I have not tasted since my mother parted.Landlord: Thank you kindly.Confucius: Tell me good sir, where may one find a place to sleep.Landlord: Well I do a few rooms keep.Confucius: That would be wonderful, as I am most weary.The landlord shows Confucius to his chamber Confucius enters and is most happy to lay on the straw bed most comfy. And as soon as his head rests, he is in deepest slumber.The next morning having breakfasted Confucius resolves to discover the wonders of the city.As he walks the streets soon he hears the most mellifluous melody leading Confucius captivated to the College of Musicians’ door, Seeing something that he had never experienced before,an orchestra with many a student the Eight Sounds playingConfucius under its hex, is lost in his musingConfucius: O what Heavenly melody do practice the Ch’i! Such sublime sounds that transport the soul to heights never experienced before…And finally when the music ended awoke he from his slumber Entering he went up to the Music MasterConfucius: Forgive me Master but I am to your city, a humble traveller never before have I heard music so enchanting. Pray tell me what is this music that you were playing? I never imagined music’s beauty could reach a pitch so heavenly.Music Master: This enchantment is Shao Music young man a gift of the Emperor Shun to man.Confucius: It is of Empyrean origin indeed? I play the lute and se but not like that of your students here.Would it be possible to be taught by you Master?Music Master: It would be possible indeed. It is always a pleasure to teach the soul’s nourishment to those truly seeking Heaven’s allurement.Confucius: That I am Master, you shall find me a most diligent learner.And so it was for three months studied he assiduously under its trance falling all thoughts of food and sleep forgetting devoting to his lessons utterly For what Confucius learnt in Qu’fu from the pre-eminent Music Master of Lu, by contrast old-fashioned did appear,and now naïve to the ear. Lauded by all was his extreme devotion, his Master, fellow students and soon all in the city were talking about his dedication. Eventually news of Confucius assiduity even reached the ears of Duke Ching Who wished this earnest learner from Lu to discover and so summoned Confucius to his court did Duke ChingConfucius arrives at the resplendent palace’s gate Where the captain of the guards did him expectantly await to the duke’s private chamberDid he Confucius usher (Confucius enters and bows)The Duke looks at Confucius and finds himself in awe of this imposing figure who appeared to have more in common with a soldier Duke: So you are Confucius of Lu the man who has intrigued in this city quite a few. Although, from your appearance I must declare you appear to have more in common with my captain than a man of musical flair.Confucius: My stature sire I owe to my father Captain in rank a soldier.Duke: That certainly explains your frame, pray tell me what was his name?Confucius: Hu-Liang Ho of Tsou sire,was my father.Duke: Hu Liang, mmm I am sure of that name I am familiar… Surely not Hu Liang Ho who distinguished himself sowith his might and valour at the siege of the forts Pi-yang and Fang!Confucius: I believe the very same sire.Duke: A braver man I have yet to discover. The siege of Fang I do well remember. Though we had it surrounded, your father boldly escortedunder darkness’ cover Lord Tsang-sun Ho his masterthrough our besieging army’s mightand immediately retraced his steps back insidemuch to our humiliation.Confucius: Of my father I have little recollectionas he died when I was an infant, sire.Duke: Your father was a courageous and mighty officer,you obviously possess his stature.But tell me how is the son of such a distinguished soldiercome to offer our music such devotion?Confucius: Well Highness, music is a divine gift from Heaven.It is the manna of the soul that refreshes and nourishes it to its core.Duke: Well I must say, I have never heard of music in such description, (He affectionately smiles) Tell me, are you a man of music or do you follow any other profession?Confucius: Well sire I have practiced many a professionbut before I came here I did teach the young of Luthe Way of Kings Wen and Wu.Duke: Pray enlighten me as to what exactly you mean?
Confucius: Well sire I try teach to those learners most keen a love of certain qualities of nobility prized by Kings Wen and Wu highly, such as Xin – honesty and trustworthiness; Shù – selflessness and faithfulness towards all friends, family and strangers; Lǐ the norms of proper social behavior as taught by fathers, village elders and government officials; Yì – the ability to be righteous and act in a just manner; Jén – practice of benevolence and humanity; and Xiào – love for one’s family, parents and country. If one develops these in the young, then I believe society as a whole, shall from such upstanding citizens benefit reap.
Duke: Confucius, you are a most interesting character and I find your thoughts most compelling in nature.
Confucius: My Lord is most gracious.
Duke: I have not been intrigued by any for a long time Confucius. Pray what is your opinion on the secret of good administration?
Confucius: Well sire, it consists in the prince being prince, the servant being servant, father being father and son being son.
Duke: Excellent! Indeed when the ruler
is not a ruler, the minister is not a minister, the father not a father, the son not a son, although I may have all the grain I need, shall I ever get, to it eat? Pray what is the duty proper of the ruler?
Confucius: For that sire, One need only to Heaven’s Mandate consider: to rule Justly Fairly and Wisely in the interests of the citizenry.
 Noodles in soup (八音) silk, bamboo, wood, stone, metal, clay, gourd and hide instruments  Reciprocity, altruism, consideration for others etc… ‘what you do not want yourself, do not do to others’
An English Teacher By Trade & A Writer By Night, Have written a few English Language Books And Historical Plays In Poetic Verse On The Ancient Persian Emperor Cyrus The Great & The Chinese Philosopher/Humanitarian Confucius...