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Confuvianism as the yang and Taoism as the yin?

Example Yin – Passive Yang – Active Confucious was engaged with society where as Lau Tzu was removed. ANybody have any other examples of this? Thanks for your help..


  1. Lau Tzu is a philosopher who consider man above women. Thus, most Asian country that follow his teaching mistreat women.

  2. Although neither of the tow had anything to do with each other, but if u were to simply compare the 2, its does seems like Confucius was more active and therefore Yang and Lao Tze, who was a hermetic philosopher, was more Yin.
    Other examples can be,
    Confucian (Yang) – Strong stance in changing the conditions
    Emphasized on teachings
    Growing in influence among the
    ruling caste
    Chosen many times as National Religion
    Taoism (Yin) – Soft stance – yielding to circumstances
    Emphasized on self enlightenment
    Popular in the later dynasties among the
    working class
    Was vilified or renounced by several dynasties
    as cultish
    As for the previous answerer who so quickly denounced Taoism, Lao Tze was just basing his philosophy with ideas prevalent during that time. Many older religions too put down the feminine role.
    When compared to Abrahamic faith, it would seem that the Eastern religions had committed less atrocities against the females, using religion as a excuse

  3. ‘dumbguy’s answer is really good.
    I might just add a few thoughts.
    Consider their lives. Kongze became a teacher until his death, while Laoze rode his blue ox into the West and disappeared,
    Kongze’s “Analects” are discreet individual conversations with a summary at the end, while the DaodeJing is all aphorisms.
    To widen the analogy, Kongze was a Conservative Republican, and wanted order based upon the past Sages,
    Laoze was a anarchistic tree hugger, looking to immediate, present intuition.


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