Confucianism And Daoism Similarities

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Confucianism and Daoism are two of China's earliest religions, and subsequently two of the most influential philosophies in eastern culture. While many incorporate elements of both philosophies in their daily lives, and believe the two philosophies can exist in harmony, the teachings of Confucianism and Daoism are undoubtedly different, and have each influenced Chinese culture tremendously. Religion for the Chinese is primarily a social function for the good of society as a whole. This can be easily observed within the teachings of Confucius. Confucius (552-479 BC) lived during a time of great conflict, referred to as the Spring and Autumn era. The year 771 BC marks the death of King You, the Western Zhou dynasty’s last King. This effectively ended the dynasty’s over 500 year reign. Subsequently, Xuan Jiu, the son of…show more content…
Both religions do not focus heavily on the concept of salvation for an individual’s benefit in an afterlife. Confucius stated that the afterlife was beyond human comprehension. 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. The individual improves himself through orderly adherence with codes of behavior and respect for elders, and the reward is achieved strictly in this life. In Daoism, the individual improves himself through contemplation of himself and universal energy. Followers of Daoism believe that life and death are natural occurrences in the universe. One’s life energy comes from the universe, or “oneness” (Tao), and will inevitably go back into it. However, Daoism possesses a mystical component that Confucianism lacks, due to its’ roots in shamanism and nature religion. Daoists often secluded themselves from society, and some were said to be sages capable of performing incredible martial arts, magic, or were even

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