Compare And Contrast Confucianism And Daoism

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With all that is going on, today, concerning politics, the media, and the environment, how do we remain calm? Most people are committed to a religion or belief system that gives them faith in their time of anguish. What we are going through right now is not even comparable to what China went through during the Warring Sates Period. What did they have to look to in their time of anguish? For some time, they had nothing. Eventually, Confucianism and Daoism became their beacon of light. In general, Confucianism prefers to take action where Daoism is passive, but both brought comfort to China in a time of distress.
Confucianism and Daoism were two positive products of a dismal duration. The Warring States Period was a trying time for the people of China. With at least a dozen states, constantly at war for power over each other, there was a total lack of order (Ancient China, slide 28). Keeping in mind that most people knew only of warfare and
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Confucianism was a more hands-on approach. An example of this is that it gave instructions on how to fix the problems within the government. Essentially, loyal advisors should remind the ruler to govern with the welfare of his subjects in mind. Daoism opposes this strategy altogether. They believed that striving to change things for the better usually made them worse. The thinking of the Laozi was that people would be better off if they were less knowledgeable, curious, envious, and conflictive. In short, Daoism was hands-off. Often, Confucianism and Daoism challenge one another on several points. They used opposing methods to achieve the common goal of reassuring the people of China. Confucianism provided hope for a better future through the betterment of oneself. Daoism helped the people come to peace with the way the world operated. Both were influential ideas that have a lasting impact

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