A nation that used to be so great crashed both politically and economically. To restore order and stability to this nation, there has to be a complete transformation of the whole government. In order to have that, there will be great sacrifices that will be made. If I have to choose one of Confucianism, Daoism, and Legalism as a governing system. The most effective system would be Legalism, because it’s stable, strict and strong. Which would led to a powerful nation. The people of the nation would be fully devastated because of the disorder in their country.
In order to have their luxurious lives back, they would make as much effort, to help with the recovery. Legalism would bring stability back to a devastated nation. For example, in the past Legalism brought back stability to China, after the warring states. There would be agricultural surpluses and people working very hard on improving the cultivation. Second, the strict and harsh punishments would result in a decrease of crime rates. People would be scared to act stupid and commit a crime. The severe punishments would be enough to stop most violence.
Also, Legalism is about strengthening the military. A nation with a great army means an undefeatable, respected and a feared one. Other nations would be intimidated by how powerful the military is. It would be a strong nation, both politically and economically. Confucianism wouldn’t be a good way of restoring order to a broken nation, but not a GREAT way. Recovering fast is really important. I believe that Confucianism would take some time to do so. The whole system focuses on the improvement of each individuals’ morals.
It would be hard to focus on each individual. Another reason is, Confucianism doesn’t say anything about protecting the state. It says that to create an ideal government you need advanced education and moral integrity. I agree with that, it doesn’t mention anything about the military. Which I think is really important for a nation. Daoism would be the worst and least effective system. Daoism is very understandable of nature and the world. The system’s motto would be ” less government the better”.
Disagreeing with that, I would say, without government there would constant violence and chaos. That’s the total opposite of what Daoism represents. There has to be limits for everything. Daoism also states that working hard for something only leads to chaos. Actually, working hard for something is totally worth it. Especially, when there would be good results later on. Hard work always pays off. It would be a waste of time for everyone in the nation to devote their full time, caring about nature and the world. Instead, it would be better to build your nation through hard work.
Honestly, other nations wouldn’t take this system seriously. The system seems vulnerable and easy to destroy. When you look at these three systems, Confucianism, Daoism, and Legalism, one of them stands out the most. Legalism would be the fastest and most effective system to restore stability to a nation. Compared to Confucianism and Daoism, it would be very different and much stronger. If a nation follows the beliefs of Legalism, It would be strong, stable and strict. Eventually, it would result in a powerful and an undefeatable nation.