Confucianism and Taoism

Aaron Saenz

How Confucianism and Taoism are similar and different from each other

Both Confucianism and Taoism are ancient Chinese styles of living. While Confucianism believes in 5 key relationships which are ruler and subject, wife and husband, older and younger sibling, friend and friend, and father and son, while the religion of Taoism has little to no rules and believes in the dialectical philosophy of inaction. The people who practice Taoism believe that through nature and harmony you can live a peaceful and happy life. This is where the yin and yang come from.

What would a Government founded on Confucian principles look like?

A government founded on Confucian principles would look a lot like China which means everyone looks up to the nations leader and they see no wrong in their leaders actions. People would have various relationships with others and try to keep those relationships safe.

How would an Asian family be influenced by Confucius' teachings?

Families in Asia are influenced by the teachings of Confucius by having five key relationships that they believe to set good examples. By having these relationships families who practice these teachings strive to have a structured society.

Are Taoist principles relevant to the issues of everyday life today?

The principles that have come from Taoism are not very relevant anymore in our time. The believe of to be one with nature, life is good, and their philosophy to gain balance in life just isn't what people are trying to do anymore. That's not to say that in other places in the world don't still believe in these principles because they do. It's just that in major developed countries the majority of the population do not try to accomplish these principles.

How do the individual principles/maxims of each philosophy connect to each other to form an entire religion/way of thinking?

These religions principles and believes come together because not of how similar they are but, because of how different they are. While one believes in structure and order the other believes that to be at peace you need to be connected to nature. Because of their differences they are like yin and yang. Different enough not to be like the other but , be able to live side by side and not fight.
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