In difference to Neo-Confucianism, Legalism is the belief that strict obedience on people would change the way that they act and think. Legalism would have been a bad religious belief for the Song Dynasty because the people would feel mistreated by the government and would be afraid to express their knowledge and thoughts because they would get punished for the certain way they act or think. It is important to have people indicate their thoughts towards something so they know that their idea had been shared and heard with other people. Overall, legalism would have not been a good philosophy because there would have been strict laws to make people do things that would make the government satisfied, and not the people. For the Song Dynasty, Neo-Confucianism was a better philosophy.