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Religion is religion right Not necessarily There are people in this country who dont believe in Christianity yet still follow the basic teachings of living Confucianism and Taoism are just two of those religions practiced in this country alone The differences between the two are wide From the legends surrounding them to the ethical systems involved to the preaching styles of the two founders Confucius and Lao-Tzu ConfuciusKung Fu-Tzu or Master Kung was born in the year 551 BC in the state of Lu At the age of three his father died leaving him to basically raise himself Through his early years in menial jobs he forged a bond with the common people In his 20s he began a string of unsuccessful positions in government They didnt last very long because he was always in opposition with his superiors After an equally ineffectual marriage he set himself up as a teacher And as a teacher the word spread creating a following which became his greatest achievementHuston Smith The Worlds Religions pp 154-155 Lao-Tzu was born around 604 BC His name loosely translated has different meanings Grand Old Master Old Boy and Old Fellow A legend or real man it is hard to say One Taoist legend has it that he was named Li Erh and worked in the archives of the imperial court Some of the legends surrounding Lao-Tzu are too fantastical to believed such as he was conceived by a shooting star carried in his mothers womb for eighty-two years and born already a wise old man with white hair Huston Smith The Worlds Religions p 196 Confucius philosophy teaches that family is most important Etiquette and propriety are the way to change things He believed that what held society together was the Five Relationships fatherson siblings husbandwife friends rulersubject If propriety were well practiced within those relationships then all would go right with the world Huston Smith The Worlds Religions pp 172-180
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