Daodejing And Bhagavad Gita

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Candide

Imagine, you notice a man being mugged in the middle of the street and you face two choices. Choice one: You walk away and don’t help the man. Choice two: You intervene in the situation. If you take inaction the man may get assaulted and the thief runs away. However, if you do take action, you risk your life. How should someone react in this situation? Numerous people would say that helping the man is the better choice, but is it less right to value your life? According to the Daodejing and Bhagavad-Gita, inaction and action happens within the core of your being. In these books, one of the main teachings is to remove all emotion and thought about the world in order to live in the present moment. The Daodejing and the Bhagavad-Gita doesn’t aim for ignorance, but instead enlightenment from anxiety, greed, excess, etc. to understand your inner being. It goes above society’s teachings of doing right and wrong and instead focuses on your life. Likewise, if you are witnessing a crime your body may or may not react in the
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Pangloss taught him that everything happens for a reason and we live in the “best of all possible worlds”. Candide was so optimistic about this world, that when he was kicked out, he thought the world was wonderful. However, as the story progresses Candide is repeatedly tortured in the worst possible ways and all his friends have the same fate as him or worse happen. Candide said, “If this is the best of all possible worlds, what are the others like?” At this point, Candide perception of the world has changed. In the end, he has a small farm where all his friends live, but didn’t discuss philosophy anymore and just worked. This was the moment that Candide saw the world for what it was and he took inaction instead of trying to find a better world. He realized that the world is simply the way it is and so he

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