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Theories of Winnie the Pooh & the Tao of Pooh

By: Payton Gilmore & Haley Habinck

Haley Habinck

on 24 April 2012

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Transcript of Theories of Winnie the Pooh & the Tao of Pooh

Winnie the Pooh By: Haley Habinck & Payton Gilmore The Tao of Pooh What is tao? the philosophical system evolved by Lao-tzu and Chuang-tzu, advocating a life of complete simplicity and naturalness and of noninterference with the course of natural events Tao is 'the way to happiness' One theory is that Winnie the Pooh characters all suffer from psychological disorders Eeyore = Major depression, possibly from the traumatic amputation of his tail or housing problems. Piglet= paranoia and major anxiety Pooh= Eating disorder, tourettes syndrome, OCD, shaken bear syndrome Kanga and roo= codependant Rabbit= OCD Christopher Robin= Schizophrenic and is thought to have gender confusion Owl= narcissism and is a bibliophile Tigger= ADHD, impulsive the story is built around the authors son, Christopher Robin, and his toys. they represented his connection between the internal and external world Taoism- Benjamin Hoff brillantly explains the character, Winnie the Pooh's, behavior and way of going about things seems strangely close to the ancient Chinese principles of Taoism. The 'Tao of Pooh' explains Taoism by Winnie the Pooh and explains Winnie the Pooh by Taoism. It makes you understand what A.A. Milne probably meant when he said he didn't write the Pooh-books for children in the first place. The Tao of Pooh By: Benjamin Hoff Taoism classic teachings were developed and divided into philosophical, monastic, and folk religious forms. But the basic Taoism is simply a particular way of appreciating, learning from, and working with whatever happens in everyday life.....like Pooh! Many people believe there is an abundance of wisdom inbedded in the children's books, Winnie the Pooh. One of the most basic principles of Taoism is 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. This principle applies not only to things, but to people as well. Or Bears. Which brings us to Pooh, the very Epitome of the Uncarved Block. A simple, childlike, and mysterious secret known to those of the Uncarved Block: Life is Fun. Along with that comes the ability to do things spontaneously and have them work out, which may appear strange to others.

"Pooh hasn't much Brain, but he never comes to any harm. He does silly things and they turn out right." - Piglet Owl instead, is 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. Eeyore is the sake of complaining about something Eeyore Tigger The wise know their limitations; the foolish do not. To demonstrate: Tigger, who doesn't know his limitations ('Tiggers' can do everything'), which brings him in lots of trouble. He needs Tao! Rabbit Owl Knowledge of Being Clever. Piglet Exact opposite of Tigger and limits himself too much. Through working in harmony with life's circumstances, Taoist understanding changes what others may percieve as negative into something positive. The End!
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