Confucius' mother was a shrine maiden who must have been supposed not to marry a man.
So, not many things are known about Confucius' father. But according to a theory, his father advanced his career in a kingdom. But, the more he made a rise in the royal court, the more he was humbled. Confucius' father even did not walk with his head held high on the main street of the kingdom. He trotted along on the edge of the street as if he had been a petty official even when he became a minister. However, this humble high ranking minister was highly respected by people. However he died when his son Confucius was about three years old.
Later when Confucius became a well-known master in ancient China, he came to a certain country. A provincial governor of the country got a report that notable master Confucius was traveling his territory, teaching people and observing the state of politics in his province. So, the governor decided to rather go before Confucius and tell him how he governed well the territory.
Seeing Confucius, the governor said, "This province is well under the rule of law, Sir. When a son saw his father stealing a sheep, the boy honestly reported the fact to authorities. I really think the boy is truly an upright one. In this way, everybody respects law in my province."
But Confucius said, "I don't think such a boy is upright. When a son sees his father committing an offence, the boy should hide the case from the public. It is from a natural feeling that a son helps his father hide a mistake from others. Such a feeling must be respected."
It is also noteworthy that the three great sages of the world lived almost in the same era:
Gautama Buddha (563-483 BC)
Confucius (551–479 BC)
Socrates (469– 399 BC)
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Rev 6:15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
Rev 6:16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
Rev 6:17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?