Subject: Philosophy
Language: English (U.S.)
Pages: 1
Are you more Confucianism or Taoism?

Confucianism or Taoism

           In my opinion, Taoism is superior to Confucianism. Confucianism is more concerned with dealing with social matters while Taoism focuses on finding the true meaning of life. The superiority of Taoism over its counterpart also goes back to the originators of the two philosophies. According to legend, Confucius’ expensive robes and his insistence on looking back at the past appalled Lao-tzu, the founder of Taoism. He considered Confucius as vain and pretentious. Confucianism relies too much on the past and adherence to ancestral laws. The believers of this philosophy have to constantly pay homage to the ancestors. 

           Furthermore, the religious practices in the two contending philosophies demonstrate that Taoism is superior. In Taoism, one is required to observe philosophical maturity, internal alchemy, and should always demonstrate virtuous conduct. The emphasis is on spiritual growth rather than physical demonstrations of being a follower of the religion.

On the other hand, the religious practices of Confucianism seem to be about showing the rest of the world that one is a believer. One has to pay homage to Heaven by visiting temples, the statue of Confucius, and ancestors. Believers are also required to religiously practice ‘Jing zuo’, which is basically sitting down and meditating.