He is trying to say that they should not over extend and become something that they were not meant to be. It seems as if the main idea was to not stress yourself and be content with what you were supposed to be. This religion was only really known by Chinese government officials and strong believers in Laozi until modern China. Each government has a set of principles to live by and the religion of choice usually set the parameters on the government and gave the officials a set of standards to live and govern
Mengzi was Confucius’s disciple and who helped him further on his idea and helped his set the different orders. A really good example that the book uses to explain this is “a king’s legitimacy depends on a goodwill of his people” (186) What I took from this is if you don’t have a good crowd behind you or if you aren’t giving back to someone or a multitude of people that helped you achieve anything then you aren’t really nothing morally. It’s not really about giving back with materialistic things but giving back things like support or giving a clarification that you are with them 100 percent. Confucius searched
Laozi is teaching us to look at things from a different perspective and appreciate the balance of yin and yang. Similar to Confucius, Laozi also sought out a solution to create harmony in a world full of chaos and fragmentation. But Laozi found the solution through Daosim. The three ideas, the Dao, wuwei and yin and yang, are three key concepts in Daoism that leads to the harmony that Laozi strived for. These ideas, although created hundreds of years ago, still deeply influence Chinese thinking and culture
Little is known about the author of the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu. It is understood that he was an acquaintance and a follower of the philosopher Confucius. Confucius and Lao Tzu both lived in times of turmoil and were founders of religions. Confucius founded Confucianism on the basis that the only way to have true order is by respecting relationships. Lao Tzu, who founded Taoism, understood chaos and order differently.
These religions also see differently when it comes to after life, or where or what becomes of a person after their death. Christianity and Buddhism see eye to eye in their origins and ideas, but the beliefs of these two religions are what separated them. Siddhartha Gautama, also known as Buddha, was the founder of Buddhism, while Jesus Christ was the founder of Christianity. Both were teachers of love and compassion for moral life, something that was challenging compared to the values of their time. When comparing their lessons, you find what seems like reworded copies.
(Fisher, 2014, 201) Instead the interwoven religions of Daoism, Confucianism, and Shinto compliment each other in addition to having distinct differences. Interwoven Religions The interwoveness of the Daoism, Confucianism, and Shinto religions reveals itself
Often the distinction between gods and rulers was very tenuous. Some Mesopotamians Kings declare themselves as gods of the world. Despite their gods are different, many of his beliefs were similar, including views on life after death. Mesopotamia and Egypt have developed advanced writing systems, which began as simple pictograms to control exchanges and agriculture and moved to advanced letters. The Mesopotamian writing began as characters
Both Cultures had many different Gods that they prayed to. More specifically, the Greeks had Gods and Goddesses were people from the Han Dynasty had many different religions since there was a variety of Gods to worship. Still, both made sacrifices to their Gods, had to pray to their Gods when making decisions, and asked their Gods to take care of them in their lives and afterlives. Although, these were not the only things that Han and Greece had in common. In their governments, they had mutual views about who could and couldn't be a part of the regime.
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.
Jerress C. Askew Professor Nicole Ennis History of World Civilization 1 January 27, 2018 Compare and Contrast the Origins of Confucianism, Legalism, and Daoism With the birth of their civilization, the ancient Chinese wanted to know what role human beings played within society and the universe as a whole? This question and many others help develop the “hundred schools” of ancient philosophy. In the beginning of Chinese civilization, they believed that the universe comprised of two primary energies, good and evil, light and dark, male and female. In other words, everything had an opposite and finding the balance would lead to a prosperous life and ultimately a prosperous society. Three “schools of thought” were born to figure out this balance.