Confucius has influenced my social justice point of view because I believe that if people practiced their own virtues, then the world will coexist in harmony. Humanity will considerate of other’s well-being, uniting countries, disposing of evil. Society must recognize people’s virtues instead of penalizing humanity for their flaws. Confucius highlights the virtues of humanity, believing that they possess the characteristics to live in a society free of harm or judgement. Human nature consists in instinct virtues of survival, but Confucius also believes that they are not all bad, just poorly dominated by political authority figures.
I will argue that a Confucianist society is better, because it relies on action in a society, the use of virtue with rituals to learn, and the overall betterment of the self to create order in the community as a means of reaching Way. Actions dictate the experiences in humans' lives, and Confucius and Laozi disagreed in their view of whether individuals should take action to achieve the Way. Confucius believed it was necessary and prevalent in society to act, since he lived during the period of the Warring States. He wanted to fix the leaders' problems, and he felt he could only achieve this through action, because "he who behaves with honor, and being sent on a mission to the four corners of the world does not bring disgrace to his lord, deserves to be called a gentleman". He felt a person had the best chance at acquiring the Way by being a gentleman.
We should treat each other as we would want to be treated. This sounds like an easy task, but sometimes it is hard to think of others when we are so focused on our own needs. That is why I believe that empathy is extremely important for a successful society and for a successful individual. In my philosophy of life love is extremely important. If we can tap into the positive energy of love, life itself will be more positive.
A main theme in Arora’s essay is that family status and wealth should not dete... ... middle of paper ... ... avoid following daily motions but reflect upon one’s status in all aspects of life. To ensure a fair system of ethics, careful consider is necessary in order to improve the quality of life for each individual. This system can only come about if each person is determined to make the required changes. The most important thing an individual can do is to continue to reflect on their moral or ethically standing, and to seek ways in which to treat each other ethically. Often times a question of what is right or wrong can be answered if one considers the effect that it will have on another person.
For those individuals that choose to look into the philosophy of Confucius, Confucianism recognizes that the quest for virtue is ordinary and providential. However, in this quest of moral aptness Confucius tried to offer other people the fervent self love that he had greatly embodied. To actually make oneself as perfect as possible was the central concern of life. Al... ... middle of paper ... ...ferences Richard, O. (1998) Eastern Philosophy.
They (religious humanists) associate personal happiness, and a better human condition with the self and those around us rather than a god. Collectively, there are numerous differences between primal religions and religious humanists. One of the important differences are their goals and the way they go about achieving them. As mentioned in the previous paragraphs, people primal religions are concerned with carrying on the traditions of their ancestors and caring for nature- so that in return it takes care of them- while religious humanists aim for personal happiness and a better social condition of man. Another prominent difference between the two religious groups is the way in which they tackle problems that man encounters.
It isn’t society’s duty to ensure everyone’s happiness, but rather to ensure that all people are given the opportunity to be happy. This means doing away with excessive income gaps and creating opportunity for advancement in society or social mobility, bringing the... ... middle of paper ... ...on the other hand, seeks to promote happiness as an end in itself. Reasonable and moderate versions of both theories really warrant the same action in most cases; for example, giving to charity and avoiding unfairly produced goods. The differences in suggested action only emerge in a few unique situations; the real distinction is in the underlying beliefs supporting the two theories. Deontology promotes a fair opportunity at happiness and self-advocacy, whereas Utilitarianism’s objective is the promotion of happiness.
This principle promotes a life of more pleasure than pain by choosing actions that produce more happiness. These are conscious actions made that follow a life of utility and act in accordance with the “Greatest Happiness Principle.” Though Mill’s critics would argue that Utilitarianism is not a reasonable foundation for morality by not fulfilling a life of happiness, creating selfish or expedient people, and reducing human experience to animals, I would have to disagree. This principle promotes happiness and pleasure for all, along with aiding individuals to be less selfish, and an even slate for people of all characters. I find the “Greatest Happiness Principle” to be a relevant and altruistic foundation of morality. There is an emphasis on lives containing more pleasure than pain under the rule that one person cannot put their own happiness above others.
Although Confucianism and Taoism have much in common in the personal accomplishment that people are requested to improve ethical standards, complying with laws of society and nature, Taoism focuses on withdraw from society and Confucianism requires believers to actively joining the world in ancient Chinese society. It not only pursuits the improvement of personal accomplishment, but also contribute to society, maximizing the individual social value as much as possible. The idea is of significance to a developing country (Middle Western Han) as it not merely reinforces the national rule but encourages a positive contribution of talent and good ideas as well (Huber & Zhao, 2011). In the sort of vast area with a large population and a complex
More philosophical than religious, his teachings act more as a guide for self-improvement. It is based upon these teachings for a better self and an improved government that led to the concept of Confucianism. Confucius took an angle with his teachings that was moral, political and ethical. He felt that if there was righteousness in the heart that it would to beauty in the character, which would lead to harmony in the home and then order in the nation. Finally, if there were total order in the nation, order would create peace in the world.