Confucius and Lao-tzu

Confucius and Lao-tzu

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  • "Those who know do not say; those who say do not know." - Lao-tzu
  • "The superior men are sparing in their words and profuse in their deeds" - Confucius
  • Teach us! We will be your students!
  • Please write your final thoughts. I want to gain your knowledge!
  • My home simply lacks goodness!
  • "The Tao that can be spoken is not the true Tao." - Lao-tzu
  • You are so wise!
  • Lao-tzu and Confucius were both very famous Chinese philosophers. They both lived and taught others their philosophies around the same time during the sixth century B.C. Both of them made a philosophy or belief system that gained many followers.
  • We should write down his teachings to remember him!
  • We can call his teachings Lin-yu.
  • Yes, then others can see his wisdom!
  • We should make Confucianism a religion based off of the Analects!
  •  Lao-tzu means "Old Master" or "Old Boy". There is actually a myth that he was already a wise man with white hair on the day he was born. It is said that he left his home to live on the other side of the Great Wall of China because of the lack of goodness in his society. A gatekeeper asked him to write his final thoughts. He agreed and wrote a small book called "Tao Te Ching", after that he was never seen again. His book became an important text in the religion of Taoism.
  • We should teach others to act with goodness and virtue like Confucius taught us.
  • Yes, but we should also follow the book of changes.
  • According to the religion of Taoism, a strange force called Tao flows through everything in the entire universe. Tao can translate to "The Way" in English. People who follow the religion of Taoism believe that everything is one. They believe that if people forget about oneness, opinions about good and evil or true and false occur. According to Lao-tzu, Tao is very hard to grasp. Taoists believe in many gods and worship ancestors. They pay attention to chi (the energy in the body).
  • Why do you always look to the past? You need to look forward! Taoism is correct!
  • We can learn from the past! Confucianism is correct!
  • Confucius was born in 551 B.C and he traveled around China as government employee and political adviser for the Chou family. In addition to that, he was a musician and philosopher who taught a few students. After his death in 479 B.C., his students wrote down his teachings and called them the Lin-yu, also known as Analects. This title means edited conversations. 
  • The goal of people who follow Confucianism is to learn how to act with virtue and goodness in their society. Man's virtue is called "jen". Tao and "jen" are similar in that they are very hard to define. The Analects are the most well-known of the writings for Confucianism. Another writing called "The Book of Changes" in English is also important in Confucianism. This book defines rigid procedures for events like births, deaths, or weddings. 
  • Confucianism and Taoism have been around together for more than 2,000 years. These religions do have some similarities such as their common beliefs about man, society, and the universe. They also both started out as philosophies and became religions later. They did, however, have some differences. Confucianism has more to do with social interactions. Taoism, on the other hand, has more to do with a search for meaning. Lao-tzu was not impressed by Confucius's fancy robes and the way that he looked to the past.
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