Confucianism is highly advocated in China. In stead of saying Confucianism is a religion, I think Confucianism is concepts of state of moral idea. It provided spiritual and intellectual knowledge to the Chinese. It taught us to be self-ruled and to be virtuous person. The Chinese believed it is a virtue to follow Confucianism.
From Confucius and the Analects: 1. From this brief selection of writings attributed to Confucius, how would you characterize his philosophy – what sorts of qualities would you select to describe it? One of the most important qualities of the Confucian philosophies is kindness. An example is shown in this quote: “Approach them with dignity, and they will respect you. Show piety towards your parents and kindness toward your children, and they will be loyal to you.
The subjects of Han China would have been raised to respect with question their superiors and to know their proper place and role in society. They would have strived to maintain proper Confucian relationships. Their loyalty was something almost inherited. The Romans, however, used military might, culture acceptance and diffusion, slavery, trade, and building of infrastructure to instill loyalty, respect, and obedience in their subjects. The process by which the bureaucrats were chosen was extremely contradictory between the Hans and Romans.
Li’s freedom came down to the way that teacher Chan nurtured Li’s gift into something special that would captivate an audience, inspire a nation and bring together two contrasting cultures. In addition, I strongly believe that Bruce Beresford has created America as a symbol of freedom in this film that contrasts against the oppression of communist China. Furthermore I believe that Consul Zhang is a character that conveys the oppression of China through the way that he tries to control Li’s life and tries to force him back to Communist China. Firstly, Teacher Chan inspired Li to be the best he could be, Chan always believed in Li and saw something that the other teachers didn’t, he saw Li’s ability to overcome hardship and shine when the time called for it. Teacher Chan is a symbol of freedom in this film, he tells Li that “Before you can fly, you have to be free” and I believe this is a very important quote for freedom in this film that accentuates the motif of flying that surrounds the viewer in Mao’s Las Dancer.
Written examinations were used to identify the best qualified people for the job. In the 2nd century B.C.E., an imperial university was established to teach students the five classics of the Confucian school to prepare them to become bureaucrats. This Confucianism allowed, on one hand, for flexibility between different ideologies and on the other hand it retained the power from the unification of thought by controlling the other doctrines. Confucianism during the Han transitioned from a moral based society to a more universal
5. Mencius, the principal spokesman for the Confucian school, advocated that a. the evil nature of human beings could be improved by moral education. b. government should be organized through benevolence and humane action. c. government should be run by laws. d. people should strive to live in harmony with nature.
He eventually finds his own morals and tells himself what is right and what is wrong. Part of this realization came from him helping Jim, which troubled his mind because of what society said about helping him. But he then based his decision to help on his own experiences and logic. That is kind of what Fahrenheit 451 puts forth. But instead of trying to gain knowledge it is being destroyed, all because society is trying to promote ignorance which causes sameness in all.
It is said that Lao-tzu wrote the Tao-te as a political guide for those who created the power structure and maintained the order of the land. In doing so he gave advice, rather than setting rules. He believed that the government should play a smaller role in the day to day lives of their citizens. Meaning, instead of watching over every person with an iron fist, allow them to show the natural good in themselves. Lao-tzu was a firm believer that playing a bigger role will ruin the balance of tranquility.
American education emphasizes cultivating a student’s mind rather than requiring him to memorize mere facts. Students are encouraged to learn by doing, by expressing themselves and by discussing. While in China, students usually have to put into their minds a lot of numbers, facts, rules etc in order to successfully deal with their frequent examinations. Thus, education in China seems to put more emphases on oriented education and this consequently results in a lack of manipulative abilities. Second, the overall system frames in the two countries are different.
It expresses itself in the ability to get things done without seeming to actually do anything, especially avoiding recourse to violence, coercion, or pressure. It can summed up by the following; Taoists do not see opposites, such as good versus evil, light versus dark or active and passive, as contradictory with each other but as someway one. Taoism is somewhat Zen-like. It is opposed to violence to the point of pacifism. Confucianism raises the status of the scholar in society and Taoism places the soldier at the bottom.