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Compare the two distinct approaches to managing human affairs advocated by Lao-Tzu and Confucius both during their time and today’s (pg. 37). Megan Sturza Philosophy 101 Robb C. Hogg, Jr. February 3, 2011
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Simply stated, human history can be reduced to an ongoing struggle between two very distinct approaches to managing human affairs. The two varying paths both lead to the same res- olution of desire;however, the journey to attain what is to be desired could not be more incom- mensurable. One advocates minimal governance—managing by not managing—and the cultiva- tion of healthy, natural instincts. The other calls for the implementation of discipline, including formal manners and habits combined with rules and regulations throughout all aspects of life. The two philosophers at hand are Lao-Tzu, who takes the first path and Confucius, who takes the second. Examples of these two great men’s approaches are demonstrated in contemporary polit- ics education, and parenting. By exploring the use of these two distinct approaches, both in the philosophers’ time and in the world of today, one can determine their persistence through history and supposed superiority over one another. Lao-Tzu was an individualist who founded Taoism. He dealt with conflict according to his doctrine of wu wei, which directly translated means “not to act.” Doing something, he be- lieved, was exhausting because it never ends. One is just expected to meticulously plan, think, push and fix everything that comes up so one never actually accomplishes the goal originally set. Looking at things from his prospective, doing nothing he believed relaxed the body, calmed the
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