Eastern and Western Parallels

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The west’s ethnocentric tendencies, have acted as a suppressant to the spread of non-western thought. Even though Eastern ideologies tend to differ greatly from thoughts of the western world, there is some level of unity between the two. Unlike the ecclesiastical influences, seen in the west, Confucianism and Sikhi present thoughts about the individual and humankind’s natural goodness. In many cases of political and social order, Eastern and Western philosophy have found themselves parallel in thought.
Western society views Confucianism as only a partial social contract. Primarily there is an idea of creation associated with the term social contract, which is not relevant to Confucian thought. This ideology, different from most Western societies, has no cosmogony at all, as Western theory of freestanding creation and two realms holds no truth to Confucian thinkers. Confucians believe that the world and the cosmos have always been, and there has never been any separate divine realm. Any transitions that occur are consequent to an important system of change and betterment. Unlike most Western cultures and the idea of the social contract, in Confucian thought there is no necessity for consent for government. An element of self-governance is also present in this ideology, as a part of what Confucian thinkers believe as being human. Confucianism leans…
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