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Taoism and Confucianism are both very complex and important religions of their time Both mainly Asian religions these religions were more prominent in the times they were developed then they are today Each of these religions had a certain belief that there was a Way that things should happen and should work so that goodness and peace will regulate in the world1 Confucius was the founder of Confucianism His works were taught in the Confucian Analects His sense of mission to be a human among other humans2 He was said to have fortune cookie knowledge and was admired by many people including his many followers3 Lao Tzu is the founder of Taoism His teachings are found from the Te-tao-ching Lao Tzu beliefs were nature based around nature Each of these teachers taught a great deal to their followers about their beliefs and can be seen through the works they left behind Confucius was willing to teach and learn with anyone who came to him once he even accepted a youth though he stated that he was not responsible for what the youth did when he left He once struck a man who was waiting for him in a sprawling position in the shins with his staff declaring that youths that show no respect for their elders achieve nothing and those who merely get older are useless pests4 He observed that one youth seemed to be more interested in growing up quickly than in improving himself He expected his students to desire learning and think for themselves As long as the student was making effort regardless of his progress he would help him He even encouraged them to compete with him in goodness However he found that most of them were looking for the rewards of a career He was glad when students stayed with him rather than accepting the first position offered though he did emphasize that the model sayings were to be carried
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