Lao-Tzuwas a great philosopher of all times and is considered as one of themost prolific people all through. His name had a deep meaning of oldmasters. Old masters had philosophical speeches based on criticalargument that he released to many people in relation to good moralbehavior as well as their inner well being. In response to thequestions from the computer science professor, and based on Lao-Tzu’steaching, the following statement seeks to answer the questions.
Theold master came up with the philosophical aspect of Taoism and isalso believed to be the author of “The work that exemplifies histhought”. There are mixed reactions and beliefs about the existenceof such a person, based on his philosophical aspects and wisdom(Ivanhoe,pg8).However, he is believed to exist in the sixth century BCE. Onestatement that answers the question about living well is when a youngConfucius went to ask the old master some questions. The responsefrom the old master showcased his high level wisdom and the aspect ofselfless living. He explained to the young Confucius that the peoplehe was inquiring about have been turned into dust together with theirbones because they are long gone. The only thing that remains behindis their words. He explained that when a person’s time forbreakthrough comes, there is no reason to hinder him, but when it isnot yet, he only tries in vain. He went further and points out thatwhen a man becomes successful, he should not use the wealth he has toshow off and be proud. Instead, he should be humble and selfless aswell as simple in his behaviors. This explains the crucial part aboutliving well in a selfless way. This is an advice given to the youngConfucius by the old master.
Onthe other hand, the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche hassimilar beliefs about the good life and morality. In hisphilosophical arguments, he relates his thoughts and morals to goodlife. He then goes ahead and puts it in writing under the book “onthe origin of our moral prejudices” Morally, he believes good lifeis only achievable when the moral values of a person are valuable bythemselves. For this reason, he tries to critically to look into thehistory of morality instead of using a statement like otherphilosophers. In the history of moral finding, his first point isthat there is a distinct origin of good and evil as well as good andbad. Critically, he relates good and evil to slave morality.
Friedrichlooks into a philosophical relationship between good and evil, andwhat others call as well. He concludes that what people call well isevil. This is illustrated in his first treatise and adds more in hisother treatises to explain the same aspect. During his secondtreatise, Friedrich relates debt with guilt (Nietzsche,pg13).He goes further and explains that a man depends on the aspect offorgetfulness to determine how much he has failed in the past. Hecalls the aspect of the forgetfulness faculty of repression insteadof absent-minded.Friedrich goes further to point about clean andunclean on his third treatise where he explains that people shouldnot take the issues of clean and unclean seriously or symbolically.In his entire treatises, one can understand that his stand on goodlife is not what everyone thinks, it is just a simple and straightway of living with what you have and that is living well.
Lookingon the explanations based on the Friedrich and Lao-Tzu, one canunderstand that living well can be defined by different meanings. Theonly aspect that is crucial towards different explanations is theresult of believe. I may say that living well does not have to behigh ranking life, but having happiness in all that you do. In thiscase, happiness can be explained as good mood and feeling that youare doing the right thing. Looking at a deeper meaning of happiness,it is vital to note that happiness is not present in a person always.It is a periodical feeling triggered by the brain as a result ofbelief and experiences that one goes through during a certain timeand period.
Goodlife can also mean having joy in life for everything that one holds.It is also crucial to note that good life does not come by thinkingof things that are unavailable, but by appreciating the available.This means that concentrating your energy on the things that youdon’t hold can’t guarantee a good life. When one thinks aboutwhat he has and appreciates them, however small they may appearguarantees happiness and good life. On the other hand, you cannotstrain to get what you don’t have and get it. Like Lao Tzu says,there is time for every man and when it comes no reason can hindersuccess from taking over. Morally, it is not right to be proud whenone is successful because this goes contrary with the inner reasonsof success.
Nietzsche,Friedrich Wilhelm. Onthe Genealogy of Morals: Dialectics Student Edition.S.l.: Dialectics, 2013. Print.
Ivanhoe,P. J. TheDaodejing of Laozi.New York: Seven Bridges, 2001. Print.