The Tao of Pooh

a book review

product linkThe Tao of Pooh
authorBenjamin Hoff
date reviewed2003.12.27
genrePhilosophy
isbn0140067477

This is a book that attempts to investigate the Taoist teachings of "Winnie the Pooh". It discusses the characters of the children's books as examples of Taoist concepts. And it does an convincing job.

Starting with the title character, we see how Winnie the Pooh is the "Pu" of Taoist thought - the uncarved block of wood. The unconcerned, unambitious, and untrained character that takes life as it comes, and refuses to concern himself with so many of life's distractions. From there, the other characters naturally fall into other roles, such as the highly distracted Owl and Rabbit.

It's an interesting read, and a well written and entertaining little book. The author maintains an engaging and lively spirit.

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rand()m quote

Naturally the common people don't want war: Neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.

Hermann Goering