Then the human-based ideas of Confucianism began to take root as European travelers returned from China or Chinese made their way to Europe. They brought with them the Confucian idea that that people are the foundation of the country. Confucianism brought the idea of “Governance with virtue” instead of by force.
“Governance with virtue” means that men of great virtue and talent are elected who will cultivate mutual trust and promote universal understanding. There will be nationwide education for everyone without distinction. Confucianism destroyed the idea that reading and writing were for the privileged few. Therefore, it underplays Confucianism to say that it is similar to the Age of Enlightenment. It is the foundation of it.