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Amidst the chaos of political instability and constant warring of the Zhou era arose many intellectual thinkers that brought such profound impact in the field of politics religion and philosophy Even to the day their influence can be espied in the many matters of China Confucianism became the paramount school of thinking and later significant philosophies such as Daoism and Legalism gained immense recognition as well Each party had their own proposals for creating an idealistic political society where the many problems they faced in their everyday lives could be eliminated All three approaches were very distinct but at the same time they contained certain similarities as well In my reasoning I find that Confucianism and Daoism could be paralleled in many ways to find several common grounds On the other hand Legalism goes on to take a more unique approach which was much different from the previous two Kongzi Confucius a Latinized name was born in 551 BCE to a poor family of the lower nobility Throughout his life he relentlessly tried to gain an office with a prominent ruler of the time who was willing to adopt his various concepts Unfortunately Confucius died in 479 BCE before such a change ever took place However he succeeded in winning over a handful of devote followers who continued his legacy and Confucianism later went on to become one of the most influential thought systems of Chinese history Of his followers Mencius and Xunzi became the most renown Since Confucius did not succeed in completing a manual of his views these followers had to derive their own interpretations of the system which now formulate the Analects The Analects portray an idealized gentleman and his various duties in terms of the society family and the rituals Confucius explains about the way Dao which he believed that if the people accepted its terms and were willing to abide they would succeed in creating a utopian society By
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