Unlike Confucianism, the Daoists think it is futile to sit and idle about things that don’t offer any solution. Instead, they dedicated their time to reflect and try to understand the natural principles. The Daoists believed that this will bring harmony to society and would end to concern on things they can’t understand or control. Laozi founded Daoism during the sixth century according to Chinese tradition. The basic beliefs and composition of Daoism are compiled in a book known as Daodejing (Classic of the Way and of Virtue).
Lao Tzu to some is considered to be either a Chinese hippy or the first libertarian. (Fresco) Confucius, on the other hand, was generally dedicated to establishing the educated and the philosophically minds of the people of China. Confucius taught about strict order by respecting the relationship in life, such as the self and authority. As previously stated, Lao Tzu was the complete opposite. The Tao Te Ching is filled with examples of how Lao Tzu thought life should be lived.
Rock Edict VI says, Medicinal herbs whether useful to man or to beast, have been brought and planted wherever they did not grow”( Document D). Ashoka new that some places in India did not have proper land to be growing medicine, he does not want India to become weak because they people are sick and they don’t have any medicine, or want them to starve because the animals got sick and died. Ashoka is becoming a friendly empire. The article says,”Devoted himself to the spread of Buddha’s teachings, to righteousness and goodwill, and to public works for the good of the people”(Document F). Ashoka could have just been the kind of ruler who orders everyone around and does not care about his people, but he wanted them to be happy.
The movie sensationalizes the violence by only showing acts of violence in distant memories of Cunxin and not depicting the widespread torture and harassment of educators and counter revolutionaries. The Cultural Revolution was largely characterized by terrible acts of violence that were carried out by the Red Guards mostly against teachers and intellectuals (Source B). This torture was so grusome that many people died. Despite this, the film failed to portray these acts of violence and instead portrayed the propaganda and fear of western imperialism of the Chinese Communist government. This was depicted when the Chinese government was reluctant to allow Cunxin to travel to America because of the fear that he would be indoctrinated by the anti-Communists and not return to China.
Lao says that if that occurs to just let them seek for simplicity and all will go their way. If a man wants to gain something do not put effort to get it because it will eventually come to him. If a man acts superior, that 's how he shall be perceived by others and If he is self-controlled all men will follow his lead. In The Tao Te Ching, what I found interesting was, “The more restrictive the laws, the poorer the people. The more machinery used the more trouble in a kingdom.
Legalism stressed the importance of law and order above all other matters. Many of the doctrines and beliefs of Legalism were formed from the ideas of Han Fei, who was actually the disciple of the Confucian philosopher Xun Zi. Xun Zi had lost faith in the Confucian belief in the inherent good of man after seeing the constant political and social turmoil of his time. He and his disciples took the realization of man’s true nature to heart and decided that there needed to be something to control the rampant self interest of man, and they decided that the way would be through a system of laws. While Confucians believe that the nature of man is inherently good, Legalists believe that the nature of man is very susceptible to bad intentions.
The Mongols were indeed the worst. Why? They would “slay women even if they are with child” according to an Islamic historian. They would kill everyone and anyone in the cities and let the cities burn. “Men even when in great numbers fear the mongols even if there was only one” account by someone written in a letter.
Pol Pot believed that the “old society” should be executed because the group had hate towards them. This included intellectuals, merchants, Buddhist monks, former government officials and former soldiers. They were either starved, overwork or executed. Pol Pot had been influenced and impressed by China’s Cultural Revolution, Mao Tse-tung. He forced people in China to evacuate cities and force people into a rural, farming life.
He was always nervous and on edge in his fear of losing control (“Qin Shi Huangdi, Emperor of China”). A second character trait of Qin Shi Huangdi was that he was a ruthless man. The Bible talks about what happens to the ruthless in Job 15:20, “All his days the wicked man suffers torment, the ruthless man through all the years stored up for him” (Job 15:20). Qin Shi Huangdi ruled as a ruthless ruler when he executed his mother’s lovers with no trial, burned books, buried scholars alive, and forced slaves to work on projects like the Great Wall (“Qin Shi Huangdi, Emperor of China”). A third character trait of Qin Shi Huangdi was that he was constantly power hungry.
While Legalism shaped the empires that endorsed it in becoming a powerful central state centered on law, and created a sense of fidelity to laws rather than to morals in the society through famous political reforms like Lord Shang 's Reform, and rejected the competing ideology of Rujia, Confucianism influenced the empire with an emphasis on humanism, morality, and societal order, leading the empire to become less centralized and the society to become centered on Confucianism-learning. Contrary to these two ideologies, Buddhism during the Tang Dynasty gained its popularity as a religion for the people to guide them on thoughts over the afterlife as well as guidance on filial