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Winnie the Pooh & Taoism
Transcript of Winnie the Pooh & Taoism
Keeping It Simple
"Rabbit's clever," said Pooh thoughtfully. "Yes," said Piglet. "Rabbit's clever." "And he has Brain."There was a long silence.
"I suppose," said Pooh, "that that's why he never understands anything."
Quotations: The Wise Know Their Limitations
Roo and Tigger were walking along the forest one morning, and Tigger was talking about all the things that Tiggers can do....
"I can swim," said Roo. "I fell into the river, and I swimmed. Can Tiggers swim?"
"Of course they can. Tiggers can do everything."
"Can they climb trees better than Pooh?" asked Roo, stopping under the tallest Pine Tree, and looking up at it.
"Climbing trees is what they do best" said Tigger
The Foolish Do Not
"Much better than Poohs."
And the next thing they knew, they were stuck in the tallest pine tree.
~Each character from the 100 Acre Woods is a symbol of Taoist philosophy
~Taoism talks about keeping things natural, uncomplicated, and simple... Just like pooh!
"While Eeyore frets... and Piglet hesitates... and Rabbit calculates...Pooh just is."
"Pooh hasn't much Brain, but he never comes to any harm. He does silly things and they turn out right."- Piglet
Owl: The opposite of Pooh, the knowledge for the sake of appearing wise, the one who studies knowledge for the sake of knowledge, and who keeps what he learns to himself or to his own small group, rather than working for the enlightenment of others.
Pooh: Represents simplicity in Taoism. Pooh is almost always happy.Pooh wanders through life happily.He has no goals, but no disappointments. The way Pooh is portrayed is exactly how the Tao says we should live our life.
The State of P'u
Definition: The uncarved block
The essence of the Uncarved Block is that things in their original simplicity contain their own natural power, power that is easily spoiled and lost when that simplicity is changed.(Seeing the world without preconceptions).