Thursday, November 14, 2013

Religion and Culture: Confucianism

Religion and Culture: Confucianism

The religion/philosophy of the Ming Dynasty was Confucianism. Confucianism is based on the ideas and teachings of Confucius. This philosophy was run like this, the people with authority behave well so the people in the lower classes look up to them and follow their paths. The people of higher classes were basically role models. If the people behaved well then there would be no arguments. The government would be organized and the people would know how to behave. Another belief was that there were fewer laws. This makes the government show that they trust the people so they will not make bad decisions. This will make people trust the government because they will know that the government trusts them.
    Legalism is another religion/belief used by the Chinese people. In this philosophy, the government makes heavy taxes and strict laws for the people to follow. If the laws were broken, there would be harsh punishments and sharp consequences. Because there were these rules, the government said that the people were rewarded for doing the right. This would be bad for the dynasty because the government would not gain the trust of the people. The people would be scared revolt against the government. There would be not as much progress in Legalism than in Confucianism. Daoism and Legalism could be religions/philosophies for the Ming Dynasty but Confucianism is the best

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