Taoism And Confucianism

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When examining Taoism and Confucianism they might appear to be different, or conflicting one another. When realizing Chuang Tzu and Confucius are very much in connection with concepts the two philosophers are represented differently with their ideas. Tao described as “The way” two both philosophers have a different meaning and even a different view point. Throughout this essay the reader should gain and understanding of both philosophers idea of the way and the elements that are involved in with the way, by seeing contrast of similarities and differences between them. A common difference between Chuang Tzu and confusion is the idea of the afterlife. Begging with Chuang Tzu he claims that the soul will indeed live on, and we will be reincarnated to another form of life. Arguing that …show more content…

I was conscious only of my happiness as a butterfly, unaware that I was myself. Soon I awaked, and there I was, veritably myself again. Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man.” (Chuang, 45) This examples that his belief on Tao is that we will be rebirthed and have no memory of our past life suggesting that we enjoy the life we are living now and move on when someone dies simply because its natural process of life. The idea of oneness comes from Chuang Tzu in thinking that the universe is made up of one and the end is really just the begging to the Tao. Were, as Confusion believes that we should worship our loved ones. “When proper respect towards the dead is shown at the end and continued after they are far away (Confucius, 85) implying that when someone close to you dies you should worship them, and bring honor to there name in the way of the Tao. Humans should live and behave in such a way as to promote ideal social relations, rather than to act based on the expectations of rewards or punishments after death. In Confucian

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