The Adoption Of Daoism

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The Adoption of Daoism As the ruler of my Asian kingdom plagued in recent years by famine and civil unrest, my search for answers to my difficulties has ended. I have investigated the societies neighboring China and adopted one of the systems of belief for my people. The four ways of life are Mohism, Daoism, Confucianism, and Legalism. The system of Daoism will bring hope and order to my kingdom by restoring peace and maintaining a positive, mellow outlook on life. All four schools of learning offer a “way” of life. Daoism’s way is best described as antirational, antipolitical, and antisocial. Its core belief is in the harmony of nature. Those drawn to the art were often drawn to Daoism because of its validation of spontaneity and freedom. Rulers were drawn to Daoism notions of the ruler who can have great power simply by being himself without instituting anything (McKay 82). Daoism is a sophisticated view of the world, which mediates of the nature of the world. The Dao De Jing was one of the core texts in Daoism and says, “Dao is all that exists and may exist”. Daoists defended private life and wanted rulers to leave them alone. They disregarded everyday concerns, and let their minds go freely (McKay 80). They focused on the larger scheme of things, the whole natural order identified as the way or Dao. Daoists teachings were found in two books. One of which was the Laozi, written by a man with the same name, which taught that people would be better off if they knew less, gave up tools, renounced writing, stopped envying their neighbors and lost their desire to travel or engage in war. The second book was the Zhuangzi also written by a man with the same name. It taught of the usefulness of uselessness and the relativity of ordinary distinctions. It was dull of parables, flights of fancy, and fictional encounters between historical figures. Zhuangzi was proud
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