Laozi and the Philosophy of Daoism

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Laozi and the Philosophy of Daoism

Laozi, meaning "Old Master", was an ancient Chinese philosopher born in Henan, China who lived in from 604 B.C.E. to an unknown date of death in the mid 500s. He is rumored to have been the teacher of Confucious. Laozi is known for the development of his philosophy known as Daoism. Daoism is a belief based off Daodejing (“the wayand its power”) where the goal in life is to observe nature and live in perfect harmony with it's beauty through a balance known as Yin and Yang. To live in harmony, one must find happiness from within and not from the acquisition of wealth. A suprising aspect of his beliefs is that his philosophy advocated not only for masculine qualities, but feminine as well.

Historical Impact

604B.C.E. - Laozi Born6th Century - Daoism Introduced to Societymid 500s - Laozi Dies

Daoism changes the way many Chinese people lived their lives. Instead of the typical belief that more money equals more happiness, Daoism made people think that happiness and balance was found from within rather than from about. The element of Daoism that most changed the history of China is most definitally the fact that it included a balance between both men and women resulting in the equal view of the two genders and the way they worked to achieve the same balance.

Societal Impact on China

Daoism encouraced the pursuit of balance and happiness in society and benefited the overall quality of the Chinese people.


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