Confucianism vs. Taoism1. What was the historical context of both Confucianism and Taoism?2. What are the ends of Confucianism and Taoism?3. What are the means to the ends?4. What is the “Tao of Confucianism”? What is the “Tao of Taoism”?
Wu-wei...at the heart of Taoism is the concept of wu-wei, or non-action-a manner of living which, like nature itself, isnonassertive and spontaneous. Lao-tzu pointed out that innature all things work silently and simply; they fulﬁll theirfunction and, after they reach their bloom, they return totheir origins. Unlike Confucius’ ideal gentleman, who isconstantly involved in society in order to better it, Lao-tzu’ssage is a private person, an egocentric individualist.
from the Legend of Ba!er Vance The Tao of Golf:“Your Authentic Swing”