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I think most of Confucius's thoughts were about doctrines, standards, criterion...Mencius follows confucius but he's just a bit more of an idealist and...more caring for civilians and people|
but lao zi and zhuang zi are really different....lao zi's thoughts about the world and government seems so "alternative" but you find it reasonable...like lao zi's dao de jing or Tao Te Ching, chapter five(err I won't bother finding out the english version)...at first I don't understand....is being unkind a virtue...but then I read and think...this is "nature", that's how the universe like, from the origin there's no such emotions human nature, no such restrictions made by men and that's how nature treats every creature, fairly and "emotionlessly".
And I enjoyed reading Zhuang zi...I love his freedom of mind---he's not restricted in doctrine, he's always so curious and full of questions, when his mind wandering I felt it's like opening many hiden doors on a wall that I never think of before....as for how he sees the world and human-being, he's against unnatural human nature, that is reining people into the way(which the saint and the wise wishes), instead of people taking care of themselves.
He sees the world with curious eyes and rich imagination, and logic. His defination about greatness vital and trifle...what is "success" and "useful" is really something, that a pushy society could not achieve....when you succeeded, sucessful as the worldly standard...where's real goal of your own heart and soul?
Just briefly how I think about zhuangzi...=D
You could find a fantastic world in his thoughts, sometimes your mind can't help being trapped and couldn't get out, so it's there exploring in a world of immensity
that's really enjoyable!