Chinese Schools of Thought

Confucianism

The government should be lead by example. Respecting elders and supervisors is also believed in, known as filial piety. Education is important and human nature is good, not bad. The five relationships are father to son, elder brother to younger brother, husband to wife, ruler to subject, and friend to friend.
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Legalism

The nature of man is evil, goodness is acquired. They believed that greed is the cause of conflict and that strict laws and harsh punishment is needed. People were forced to work on projects for the government and they were punished if they did not finish them. Harsh punishment was very common.
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Taoism (Daoism)

Ruling while doing a little as possible is their motto. To be happy people have to practice magic, live a simple life, and live in harmony with nature. TAO also means "the way". Ruling was very laid back.
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Buddhism

The temple became important and the pagoda architecture broke out. They believed in The Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. The eightfold path includes right views, intentions, speech, action, living, effort, mindfulness, and concentration.
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