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He who controls others may be powerful but he who has mastered himself is mightier still Lao Tzu I am going to be comparing and contrasting Lao Tzu and Han Fei and also explaining the reasoning behind why I am choosing to defend Lao Tzu in his view of political philosophy Throughout Lao Tzus readings specifically the Tao TeChing he is consistently outlining thoughts on self-empowerment that leads you to the Tao or the way Lao Tzu or Old Master was an extraordinary thinker and utterly mythical I am defending Lao Tzus view on political philosophy because I strongly believe conserving energy is important to a Utopian government Han Fei however was a legalist who believed in giving absolute power to the legal ruler He believed in state oriented people and expected the people to do wrong to him because they were self-interested He deemed that the best government is one that has the most laws in order to control the people I am convincing you that the best government is one where the ruler isnt medaling like Han Fei but Laisse Faire like Lao Tzu First I am going to compare the two philosophers Lao Tzu and Han Fei They both were similar when it came to Confucianism Lao Tzu and Han Fei didnt believe in scholars and book learning They believed you had to experience it to completely understand it The Laozi criticizes the Confucian school not only for being ineffectual in restoring order but more damagingly as a culprit in worsening the ills of society at that time Chan SE Lao Tzu says that in order to keep the people happy and in a state of contentment you have to prevent them from learning The root cause of dissent is knowledge Confucianism is greatly concerned with social relations conduct and human society Taoism has a much more individualistic and mystical character greatly influenced by nature Chan SE Lao Tzu and Han
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