The Philosophical Connotations in "Kung Fu Panda"

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“Kong Fu Panda” is a film full of Philosophical connotation and it is filled with power and inspiration. Philosophy is the study of the nature and meaning of existence, truth, good and evil, etc. and the attitude or set of ideas that guides the behavior of a person or organization. It can be divided into Western philosophy and Eastern philosophy.

Western philosophy respects the reason: they want to gain more profit, so they need to calculate every aspect; they want knowledge to help them make good fortune, so they need to manage it rationally; these entire make westerners obtain a lot in science and nature fields, however, make them weak in people’s relationship building. What’s more, the western philosophy focus on the freedom and equal rights of individual,

However, Chinese philosophy pays much attention on morals and harmony of the whole. It emphasizes human’s self-cultivation, such as, focus on satisfying one’s place, to be self-content, need few wants and care one’s health. Our culture possesses the inheritance so that’s why we can still obtain the philosophy and ethics from Confucius, Mencius and Lao-tzu who lived in thousands years ago.

The western philosophy builds on logic which makes it rationally, while, the Chinese philosophy basics on morality that makes it irrationally. The directors apply much attention on Chinese schools of thinking. There is an old saying: “Misfortune may be an actual blessing.” In this film, the directors design the plot that Tai Lang’s coming back gives the chance to Panda to become the dragon warrior and the hero of the Peace Valley. It is just a chance for Panda to become the dragon warrior, panda possesses the qualities and interests in Kung Fu also make him the best choice to become the dragon warrior.

In the aspect of philosophy, such plot can show the bad things can turn into goods under certain conditions, and another philosophical connotation: the opportunity prefers those who have been prepared for it. Here’s another line: “there is no accident.” From the view of Buddhism, they emphasize cause-effect relationship. Everything has its seed. Nothing happens by chance. This philosophical connotation can also apply to our lives, every effect supposes a cause. No matter it is good or bad we will meet, we know we should deal with it, for it is the gift which the Heaven gives us for our growing. We need to treat those things from a positive way.


Source by Fiona Keneth

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