Similarities Between Daoism And Confucianism

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The base layer of many cultures is their religion, or philosophy of how they should live. The religion, or beliefs of a culture or region, can shape and mold that society in many different ways, whether it is how they view society, nature, and civilization or how they treat one another. Both Daoism and Confucianism played a pivotal roll in the development of Asian cultures. Confucianism came from the early teachings of the Dao or the “way of life” which began “The classical period beginning in the Xia, Shang, and Zhou kingdoms, including the justly famous Warring States philosophers at the end of the Shou kingdom from (1700-221 BCE), while Daoism started after in 200 BCE. While Daoism started to develop in 200 BCE and on. Both Daoism and Confucianism believed in the power of the Dao or the “way of life”. Although, while the followers of Confucianism had much more leeway and had the freedom to create their own destiny, in Daoism, the people let the Dao determine what path their life would take. The history of Daoism is said to have…show more content…
They believe that the Dao is the single highest force in the universe. They believe it is the heavens and the earth, the sun and the stars, it is the most high. “Dao is always without a name and that it is the origin of heaven and earth. Tao can also be said to be the “Absolute” that it can be said to be the movement and a stillness without a beginning, Yin and Yang (also known as Tai Chi) are things that can be said to be without a beginning” (Cleary 2003, cited in Low and Ang, 2010: 85; Wu, 1990: 1) Daoism and Confucianism believe that they should be one with nature, they believe that humans should live in harmony with nature. This belief does not mean to not destroy nature, but is the duty of humanity to take care of, and nurture nature to help prolong its existence. (2.2 paragraph 2)
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