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Tao of Pooh Essay

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In the Tao of Pooh the author, Benjamin Hoff, uses the from world-famous children's book/TV show character, Winnie the Pooh in order to explain the basics of Taoism. He observed many of the other various characters before coming to the conclusion that Winnie the Pooh, through his actions, was the character that he felt would be able to best explain the principles of Taoism. One of the most important principles of Taoism is "the Uncarved Block". The main principle behind the Uncarved Block is that things in their original state contain their own natural power, a power that is easily corrupted and lost when simplicity is changed.
Hoff uses the characters of Winnie the Pooh to show how things can be spoiled and lost but he also used
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Hoff's purpose of writing the Tao of Pooh is to ultimately inform people of Taoism. He aimed to teach the ways and beliefs of Taoism and he wanted to teach in such a way that would be easy for everyone to understand and relate to and this goal is why he ultimately choose to use Winnie the Pooh. Pooh’s attitude and simple approach concerning life exemplifies the Taoist lifestyle. Each individual chapter of the book is used to teach a new principle of the Uncarved Block of Taoism. Each chapter begins with Winnie the Pooh being told a story and being given an explanation of how it relates back to Taoism. Hoff used many various Winnie the Pooh stories in his teaching of the ways of the Taoist, using the arguments that cleverness and knowledge are not really important. It is also important to note that in each argument he presented it always ended out working in Pooh's favor in the end. Overall the book is very simple and very easy to understand and again I belief that Hoff successfully accomplished his main purposes for writing such a book, however I feel that this text also has many flaws and because of this it should be taken very lightly. The first and most obvious flaw is that the author, Hoff, is trying to prove that in just about any situation the principles of Taoism will always guide you along the right path. However the stories he used to
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