Monday, March 27, 2006

The Tao of Pooh

Benjamin Hoff
The Tao of Pooh

Tao (the way) is too complicated to admit of a thumbnail definition. The book explains the concepts of Taoism in familiar terms of the Winnie the Pooh characters.
It is a novel approach and a good introduction. First rule of teaching – explain the unfamiliar in terms of the familiar.

It suggests among other things that when we find out something we do not like about ourselves we are better off trying to turn it into a more useful channel than trying to eliminate it. I am lazy and selfish and I drink too much. I wonder if there is a use for these characteristics somewhere.

The book is highly critical of Western Science and Philosophy and correctly castigates a tendency to worry too much, overintellectualise things and strive too hard.

On the other hand I remain wedded to Western Science because of my medical condition. After all Western Science is what is keeping me alive.

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