Buddha Vs. Confucius
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Buddha and Confucius’s ideas reshaped the mindsets of the world and added new scopes to universal concepts of ethics, justice and humanity. Write a well-developed argumentative essay of four to five paragraphs on either Buddha or Confucius and any other Western philosopher of your own choice. Kindly state whether you are pro or con any of the philosophers illustrating the reasons behind your position. Your stated position has to be supported by evidence.
Know today is much different from what it was centuries ago. It can be said that psychology has it’s roots in philosophy and the interest in minds and souls of people followed by conscious experience and observable behavior which let them create their own beliefs and philosophies. So every era of time and every region has it’s own thoughts .As I have considered all the philosophers that I have read about, I have chosen Buddha and Albert Camus to use in my comparison of eastern and western philosophers. My choice is based on the enjoyment I gained while reading about each character than anyone of either’s philosophers. Also my enjoyment did stem from the fact that each person elaborated their points of view in ways that I was able to understand and therefore their words held more power for me than many others I read about
Back to the 6th century a philosopher named Siddhartha Gautama known as (Buddha) . He was enlightened one lived on India during a period when religion and legendary accounts of the world were being questioned . He was an Indian prince who came from a royal family .He was pampered by everything until he got married and his life turned upside down . This was the beginning of his philosophy. Buddha believed that the relation between him and anything he love is an unhealthy relationship . So he decided never to attach himself to anything he loves. As he thought that this is the only way to heal from suffering in life .He sought a life with self indulgence but also without deprivation. And he ended up being in a life of asceticism He believed that in order to live in true way you must deattach yourself from everything you love until you become a person who doesn’t keen on anything. It was a kind of self-defense as people become weaker when they are attached to something they love. This philosophy is related to the way of how to live your life from his point of view . Buddha spent the rest of his life teaching others how to achieve this spiritual state. And Buddhism became a lifestyle.
It’s not logic to come to the meaning of life and ways of living and not to come to our minds the western philosopher (Albert Camus) . Camus was a Franco -Algerian philosopher with some great insights on the meaning of life and why we should look to this life. His life and way of thinking were rather different from most philosophers. Camus focus on the idea of how to live our lives and deal with our existence ,despite this he can give us insights into how to cope with our existence dread and offer us some suggestions for how to live our meaningless lives. Camus didn’t see that meaningless life as bad and he explained how to understand life absurd is the first step to being fully alive . Then the question is what makes life worth living then? According to Camus he praises sunshine ,women ,beach ,dancing and good food. He loved sports and was champion soccer player in his youth. He took great enjoyment in the little things and encourage us to do so well . Just because life is meaningless doesn’t mean it can be enjoyable! Camus told us that the answer is to embrace the meaningless . The person who can truly know that life is absurd and get through it with a smile is a hero. He found that there is no way to satisfy all our needs but this can’t be a problem as well still living there and have the ability to enjoy ourselves.
Both philosophers are talking about how to live and deal with our life. As for me I tend to Camus philosophy in life. As in my point of view it’s an optimistic philosophy . Camus search for happiness with every single thing. Despite that he knew that life is meaningless and ridiculous . But we have to cope with it as it is. On the other hand (Buddha) ,he took the decision to isolate himself from every beautiful thing in life and from everything he loved. And I believe that if people live without doing anything they love or enjoy there life will be tragedy and it might lead them to suicide thoughts.
Finally, we can see that people in every specific era of time have their own way to deal with the same circumstances and as we all know people are not the same and everyone thinks differently . But at the end everyone should follow what makes him really feel happy and satisfied about his life . At the end those philosophers made a great thing which is they left their philosophies which people still reading them and get benefit of them until this day.
Buddha is a great Eastern Philosopher who discovered himself only though detaching his soul from this world and its pleasures. Write a well-developed opinion essay of four to five paragraphs on Buddha and his Theory of Detachment and The Four Noble Truths, illustrating your own perspective on both philosophies and their contribution to human thought. Kindly draw The Four Noble Truths diagram too please and attach it to your answer.
Every era has its own thoughts and philosophies. Philosophies were created in critical situations in order to find solutions for specific problems. Suffering is one of the biggest problems that we all face in our life. Every philosopher has different solution for this problem and everyone has the right to select what matches his mind. Buddha is one of the greatest philosophers who talked about suffering in life as a result of his experience and he told us the solution from his own point of view.
Back to the 6th century we will find that Buddhism arose in the eastern part of India. Buddhism is called with this name related to Siddhartha Gautama who is known as (Buddha). He was enlightened one lived on India during a period when religion and legendary accounts of the world were being questioned. He was an Indian prince who came from a royal family .He was pampered by everything until he got married and his life turned upside down. This was the beginning of his philosophy. Buddha believed that the relation between him and anything he love is an unhealthy relationship. So he decided never to attach himself to anything he loves. As he thought that this is the only way to heal from suffering in life .He sought a life with self indulgence but also without deprivation. And he ended up being in a life of asceticism He believed that in order to live in true way you must deattach yourself from everything you love until you become a person who doesn’t keen on anything. It was a kind of self-defense as people become weaker when they are attached to something they love. This philosophy is related to the way of how to live your life from his point of view. Buddha spent the rest of his life teaching others how to achieve this spiritual state. And Buddhism became a lifestyle.
Buddha was searching for a solution for ending his suffering in life. Beside that he decided to go away from anything that dust human nature in order to know himself better, he also became a very humble person who don’t keen about anything until he reached a state of asceticism which is the philosophy that many prophets believed in where they would get rid of all worldly pleasures to discover who they really are. Buddha explained suffering into 4 truths. First one is suffering meaning of the world which starts from the first day in our life when said welcome to life with crying. He means at this moment we knew that we came to suffer in this world until we die. Second truth is the origin of suffering, from his point of view that the only thing that makes you suffer is attachment.. Third truth is talking about the ending of suffering which is the solution for the problem. He believed that the only solution to heal from suffering is to de attach yourself from every blessing and everything you can love or enjoy.The last truth is the path to the ending of suffering which means to eliminate the desire towards anything and to overcome the ego. This will lead to the state of asceticism.
I believe that Buddha summarize the meaning of suffering in a very clear way. He also reached the reason why we suffer in life and he thought a lot until he found the solution to cut it short and overcome this problem. People nowadays focus on materialistic things more than anything else and this is why people suffer. People suffer to get more money .They have the desire to own things and they believe that when they fulfill this desire they will be happier. But if we look at our prophets we will find that they were kind of poor people, who live primitive life which is free of flashiness and luxuries. This is what Buddha mentioned in his philosophy and I do agree with him that if we attach ourselves to something we really love and need we will go through a whirl of suffering that we cannot end. Attachment here is not only for material things But also for people. As for me I used to get attached to people, things, and places too much. But at the end I found that nobody cares, people change, and Places diminish and things is not everlasting. I found it painful to be attached to everything I love. So one day I decided to extract myself from everything that could make me a weak person. I started to de attach myself from everything by knowing the fact that nothing will last with me forever. From this moment I feel that nothing is worthy in this life and people who understand life is living in paradise on the ground.
At the end I want say that every person has the right to believe in specific philosophy and thoughts. No one is wrong and no one is right. The wisdom is to live in a way that makes you feel happy and satisfied on your life. As may people live and die searching for satisfaction in their life and they didn’t reach it .We have also to recognize the truth that life will always seems hard to us specially if we hinge our happiness on others or on specific something. It’s hard to be happy when you’re based your existence around the presence of someone. so we have to make it easy by our determination and willingness in searching for the right meaning of life in order not to soak in trouble of suffering in life.
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