A thematic essay about how religon has affected the world and history.

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Throughout history many national choices have been affected by certain factors. One of these factors is religion or philosophy. Religion has greatly effected nations' people and government. Each religion or philosophy affects different countries and people. They have different beleifs and philosophy. Religion or philosophy has also greatly affected the ideas of people. 3 major religions or philosophy which accuratley portrait these affects of religion are, Confucianism, Buddhism, and Animism.

First of all Confucianism, a major system of philosophy, or ideas of brought on from Confusius, a extremely influential Chinese philosopher, and his disciples. Confucianism mostly and probably only practiced in China. Since Confucianism is not officially a religion, China, being a communist country

prefer a non-religious beleif. Communism also bases their government on similar beleifs of Confucianism. A basic beleif of Confucianism is that each person should obey their individual virtues. The main virtues are love, prosperity and respect.

Confucianism also aims to bring harmony to the family, society, and state. Chinese communism encourages their people to accept this beleif if any, because China beleives that the path to a etopia government and country is through education of the youth, respect for elders, and each person contributing to the country. Confusianism has affected the lives of its followers because it helps support the idea of communism. If China wasn't influenced by confusianism than there would probably be more acts of defying against the government. However when they grow up with this idea, they learn to support their government.

Another major religion is Buddhism, a religion in which one gains "enlightenment" in order to reach nirvana. The process of becoming enlightened is to give up all humanly desires. Buddhism Greatly affects the Eastern-Asia region, starting from the traditional Buddhism beleifs to the Zen-Buddhism,a combination of Buddhism and Taoism, in...