Mo Tzu was China's first true philosopher. He was the originator of Mohism. Mohism was an influential philosophical, social, and religious movement that flourished during the Warring States era (479–221 BCE) in ancient China. Mo Tzu pioneered the argumentative essay style and constructed the first normative and political theories. One of his argumentative essays was that “artistic pursuits such as music was not useful to society, and that people should not be forced to pay-with their tax dollars-for artistic programs that do not benefit them directly”(Tzu 308). Music is an essential value to an individual or society.
Mo Tzu argues that music interferes with the various duties of the world. He claims that if the rulers or ministers spend all their time listening to it, then “they will not be able to attend to affairs of the government. And as a result the state will fall into disorder” (Tzu 312).He claims that if farmers spend their all-time listening to it,…show more content… If Mo Tzu wanted to, he can take it to the extreme and say that if people spend all their time listening to music, then they will forget to eat and as a result they will die. Mo Tzu can even argue that running is bad for people because they are spending too much time and not focusing on their work .He can even take it to the extreme and say that running will overuse the muscles and joints, which can lead to an injury and stop a person from working, and as a result they will die. Mo Tzu can even argue that drinking too much water is bad for people because all their time is devoted filling up their cups and drinking it. He can take it to the extreme and say that drinking too much water will cause a person to drown and as a result they will die. The point of the matter is that too much of anything is bad and that a person should balance things