In east asia, particularly in china, literally tens of thousands of volumes written on confucianism: confucius himself lived somewhere between 600 bce and 450 bce, has been around in society for at least two millenniums. Golden age or try to measure up: what are these scriptural writings, they are supposedly written by the sages, no one takes these writings literally, but there are qualities associated with models them. One comparison is like saints of the church, but they are not quite the same thing. Whether the sage kings ever lived is quite unclear: confucius lived in a time in china when there were many kingdoms. He tried to go around and talk to people about his plans and answers for the world. One of his first suggestions was for people to make him an official so that he could make his plans into action. If you have no public applicability to it, it is not the real way .