The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

By Benjamin Hoff

One of many world's nice Taoist masters isn't chinese language, or a venerable thinker, yet is actually none except A. A. Milne's easily calm, nonetheless, reflective undergo Winnie-the-Pooh. whereas Eeyore frets and Piglet hesitates and Rabbit calculates and Owl pontificates, Pooh simply is. And that's the clue to the key knowledge of the Taoists.

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Excuse me a moment. " said Pooh behind his paw. "Well, yes ... " asked Pooh. " "I don't think that's such a good idea," said Pooh. " "Because when I explain things, they get in the wrong places," he said. " "All right, I'll explain it. But you can help out every now and then. " "Much more like it," said Pooh. Let's see. The Cottleston Pie Principle is based upon the song Cottleston Pie, which Pooh sang in Winnie-the-Pooh. Hmm . . Cottleston Pie 39 "I say, Pooh. " "Certainly," said Pooh. "Now, let me see .

Rabbit's clever," said Pooh thoughtfully. " There was a long silence. " And if Clever Rabbit doesn't quite have what it takes, Abrasive Eeyore certainly doesn't either. Why not? Because of what we could call the Eeyore Attitude. You might say that while Rabbit's little routine is that of Knowledge for the sake of Being Clever, and while Owl's is that of Knowledge 16 The Tao of Pooh for the sake of Appearing Wise, Eeyore's is Knowledge for the sake of Complaining About Something. As anyone who doesn't have it can see, the Eeyore Attitude gets in the way of things like wisdom and happiness, and pretty much prevents any sort of real Accomplishment in life: Eeyore, the old grey Donkey, stood by the side of the stream, and looked at himself in the water.

From the state of the Uncarved Block comes the ability to enjoy the simple and the quiet, the natural and the plain. Along with that comes the ability to do things spontaneously and have them work, odd as that may appear to others at times. As Piglet put it in Winnie-the-Pooh, "Pooh hasn't much Brain, but he never comes to any harm. " To understand all this a little better, it might help to look at someone who is quite the opposite - someone like, well, say, Owl for example . . Spelling Tuesday Through copse and spinney marched Bear; down open slopes of gorse and heather, over rocky beds of streams, up steep banks of sandstone into the heather again; and so at last, tired and hungry, to the Hundred Acre Wood.

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