Mo Zi (c470 to c391BC) lived during the Warring States Period when China was divided into numerous small states that were locked in a perpetual state of conflict.
Mo Zi’s philosophy mixed pragmatism with idealism and his central message was one of pacifism. Unlike Confucius he did not hold store in ritual and in family loyalty, instead he believed that people should direct their own lives and that there should be a concept of universal love. So that the best way of showing respect for your parents was to show respect to other people’s parents.
It was because his teachings were contrary to Confucianism that they largely fell out of favour and have only recently begun to be re-examined. Some have since argued that Mohism shares much in common with Christianity and Christian teachings.
The Art of Peace compiles the teachings of Mo Zi and, using clear and lively illustrations, makes his wisdom easy to understand and enjoyable for everyone.