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Unformatted text preview: b. Laozi i. Old master ii. Lived around the same time as Confucius iii. Unknown if he really existed iv. Tao Te Ching/ The Way of the Dao c. It sets forth the proper forms of human behavior d. The way to follow the will of heaven is not through action but through inaction e. The best way to act in harmony with the universal order is not to interfere with the natural order f. “The universe is sacred. You cannot improve it. If you try to change it, you will ruin it. If you try to hold it, you will lose it.” –Lao Tsu(93) 3. Legalism a. Human beings were evil by nature b. System of impersonal laws c. A strong ruler was required to create an orderly society d. Only harsh laws and stiff punishment would cause the common people to serve the interests of the ruler e. The ruler did not have to show compassion for the people because people were not capable of being good...
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- Spring '11
- Chinese philosophy, Tao Te Ching, Laozi, Alison Lindsay Outline, Dao c