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Hinduism and Confucianism are two systems of belief, which share a common goal and way of life. The two faiths differ in ceremonies, rituals and beliefs but their ultimate goal and methods for achieving it unite them in numerous ways. Both Hinduism and Confucianism are guides for living, each attempting to direct its followers to lead the ?good life.? The broadest and most commonly stated difference between Hinduism and Confucianism is that Hinduism is a religion while Confucianism is a system of social and ethical philosophies. Both teach the individual the value of living the good life but each in its own way. The teachings of K?ung Fu Tzu pronounced Confucius by much of the Western World, are the rules by which Confucians live their life. They believe themselves to be ?an individual in the complexity of nature? whose goal is to find a moral and ethical balance with nature, through living the good life.

This secular belief is in contradiction with that of the Hindu religion, whom practitioners believe themselves to be creations of an ultimate power, ?God?. Their final goal is to rejoin their creator by reaching a higher pain of consciousness called enlightenment achieved through living the good life.

Confucian philosophies and ideals were good models for the behavior of individuals and the stability of a society. It intertwined itself with the community and stressed the importance of courtesy in everyday situations. Ethics, morality and overall good will were integrated into society through family, schools, and the state. A sense of religious identity was present without there being a church pushing Confucian ideals. Mothers, fathers, teachers and other authority figures preached the values set forth by Confucius and the identity of the region was united, not under the belief in the supernatural but through a common respect...