Confucius and Daoist Fulfillment
What is a fulfilling life according to Confucianism and Daoism respectively, regarding their views on human nature, one’s relationship to his/her family/society, and nature? According to Confucianism philosophy, Confucianism is more than just a religion. A complex set of rules, which for nearly 2000 years dictated almost every aspect of Chinese life, it encompasses the fulfillment of life by living ethically and morally. Likewise, aside from being beneficial, it is also considered ones duty to live your life being involved in economic and political works, along with the spirituality. It is noted that while spirituality is very important, it is highly frowned upon for one to withdraw from society to seek spiritual enlightenment or a higher state of consciousness. This is because there is a great priority to make sure everybody actively contributes to society. “The core of Confucius philosophy was moral practice, centered on the virtue of REN, or humanity.” Do unto others as you would have done unto you. Hawai’i Reader in Traditional Chinese Culture, pg 45. Confucianism in the sense of family and society also must include a context of the government as well. It is for all (filial piety) you must consider the big picture in order to evaluate ones family and social acts. “The Lord of She said to Confucius - in our village there is one Upright Gong. His father stole a sheep, so the son testified against him. Confucius said “the upright people of my village are different from this. The fathers are willing to conceal their sons; the sons are willing to conceal their fathers. Uprightness lies therein.”” Hawai’i Reader in Traditional Chinese Culture, pg 49. This is an example of filial piety. While being successful or wealthy can corrupt someone, if they have been properly trained and have strong morals, they can overcome the desires of evil. The degree of wealth, or lack there of, just determines one’s place or station in...
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