Lao-Tzu Refutes Ruggiero Analysis

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Friends on the Surface Yet fundamentally contrasting: How Lao-Tzu Refutes Ruggiero From reading “Thoughts from the Tao-te Ching”, it may first appear that both men, Lao-Tzu and Ruggiero are harmonious in their beliefs, however probing further reveals that while there is likeness, there is also a great deal of conflicting ideas. When It comes to critical thinking and how one should approach life, Ruggiero would have strong objections to Tzu's “Thoughts from the Tao-te Ching” and ultimately Lao-Tzu concepts refute those of Ruggiero. The main conflicts of the two teachings include: Lao-Tzu assertion that humans should flow with the natural order of the World, Lao-Tzu works appeal to emotions by way of aphorisms, and Lao-Tzu dissuades the …show more content…
I don’t think it can be done” , is a statement Ruggiero would fundamentally disagree with (Kindle 208). This statement asserts itself as truth, with no supporting facts, and defies what it means to think critically. Ruggiero suggest that even the wisest of philosophers fall pray to formulating their own truths even if evidence lies in their favor—here is lack of evidence is seen and see more personal assertion is being made, which would be a double error from Ruggiero side ( Ruggiero 49) . Lao-Tzu essentially claims the flow and natural order of the world is very much that of water and fighting it's natural movement is pointless (Bookmark 1). Dismissing this first fallacy, Ruggiero certainly would disagree with the sentiment alone. The whole idea of focusing on critical thinking is to become, well, better critical thinkers, and this, as a result will allow us to become better people and make better decisions. “...critical thinking is one of the most important subjects you will study...The quality of your schoolwork, your efforts in your career, your contributions to community life, your conduct of personal affairs—all will depend on your ability to solve problems and make decisions” gives great testament to the value Ruggiero places on critical thinking and is a direct antagonistic quote to Lao-Tzu (Ruggiero 1). While it is likely Ruggiero would find flaw with Lao-Tzu Laissez-faire approach, it is even more certain he would find …show more content…
From disparities involving on how much impact individuals have, the effectiveness of aphorisms coming into question, and finally Lao-Tzu stagnation of pursuit of knowledge. Ultimately, both men do have their similarities, but simply refute each other at the core. What cannot be underestimated the affects both men have had on society and how their thoughts and ideas have shaped current day society. Lao-Tzu follows Taoism which deters and detest war. The implications and the results of Taoism may have prevented many wars, and continues to be teaching of harmony for its followers. Ruggiero strong conviction on finding the facts and the desire to teach critical thinking will have a domino affect. Once, Critical thinking was often ignored, and, up until recently had not been taught is institutions of learning (Ruggiero 14) . This, if coupled with Lao-Tzu teachings piecemealed in, would be quite the guideline for positive and effective living for

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