Confucianism : Taoism, Confucianism, And Confucianism

1156 Words Oct 29th, 2014 5 Pages
Raymond Cho
EALC 350
October 29, 2014
Professor Birge
Which philosophy: Taoism, Confucianism, or Legalism would be best in your opinion for maintaining a peaceful society? Why? Perhaps there is no single philosophy that can create a truly peaceful society. The conundrum of choosing a philosophy to embody a peaceful society is rather complicated, as the ideologies of the philosophies often differ greatly from their real world application. Debates over ideologies can create global scale problems. Present day, countries even conquer and subjugate to spread and force their ideologies upon others. Although Taoism, Confucianism, and Legalism all ideologically can create a peaceful society, I believe that while Taoism and Confucianism create a better ideal for peace, Legalism is the best option for maintaining a peaceful society when faced with the realities of human nature. Ideologically I believe Confucianism and Taoism to be perfectly viable beliefs to maintain a peaceful society. The founder of Confucianism, Confucius, looked upon his current China with dismay, “greed, insincerity, irresponsibility, callous disregard for others’ needs and interest. And committed himself to trying to inspire people to do good.” (Ebrey, 42) His moral philosophy entailed discipline to become ‘learned men,’ rituals and ceremonies for ones own ancestors, and above all else filial piety. (Ebrey, 42) These beliefs lead Confucius to mold Confucianism into a peaceful philosophy that when…
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