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week5 dicussion - Week 5 Discussion Questions 1 How do the...

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Week 5 Discussion Questions 1. How do the texts reflect the idea of Ultimate Reality? Rather than a religion, Confucianism is a system of ethical behavior founded to  essentially become a more human community. It believes that an individual’s moral self  is the basis of existence and the harmony or moral law is the universal law in this world.  In other words, each individual person is the Ultimate Reality in which their life is an  exemplification of the universal order. The key is finding the link that will ultimately unite  each individual with that order. This is achieved primarily through the performance of  rituals, or LI. These rituals act to shape a person’s behavior and habits in daily life that  shape each person’s character to represent the social order that is mandated by the  heavens. As stated in the Great Learning texts, in order to still the chaos in the world,  transformation is required at the individual level, and this is achieved through attentive  performance of social rituals. Taoism based on an impersonal Ultimate Reality that centers on the idea of 
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