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Lao-Tzu: Peace, Passion, And Freedom Essay

Peace, Passion, and Freedom
Human actions are what define the world and how other people act. The cause and effect of actions revolve mostly around how people treat each other. Lao-Tzu largely focuses on how a leader treats his people in “Thoughts from the Tao-te Ching”. He encourages those in power to not force anything in their actions but to just go with the flow of what is occurring around them. When this is done and when the leader actively works for peace, avoids war, and follows the Tao, the country is at its greatest. Lao –Tzu advises that the people should be left to themselves and to lead so subtly that the people do not realize the leader is governing them. According Lao-Tzu, this is when the people are the most content, and the country is most peaceful.
Peace is the most important to Lao-Tzu, but one’s passions are what are most important to Friedrich Nietzsche. He explains, in “Morality as Anti-Nature”, how passions affect people. How they are handled ultimately affects how that passion is regarded. Everyone handles their passions differently. Those, who cannot handle their passions, discourage everyone else from accepting those passions. Nietzsche encourages everyone to…

Those who led and fed the religion were not able to handle their own passions. Passion, which is life, ultimately “comes to an end” when religion allows “the kingdom of God’ to begin” (350). When morality and religion enter life, life itself ends, because passion cannot be realized. The integral part of what makes one up is hidden, because weakness disguises it. Religion is what was used to discourage those who are strong and to empower those who are weak. I do think Nietzsche has some valid points. Some “desires” that are considered to be immoral do seem like they are not a part of the conscious mind. People like to appear strong, and they will oppose anything that shows that they are anything…

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