Tao Of Pooh Chapter Summaries

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In 6th century BCE the philosphy of Doaism was first created by Laozi during the Eastern Zhou Dynasty. Laozi believed that people could accomplish more in life by following Tao or “The Way”, which is the natural order of things. The guidance of following the path of least resistance to be successful is called Wu Wei or “non-action”. The Doadejing by Loazi and the Zhungzi by Zhungzi are traditional chinese texts that were used for Doaism teachings in the Eastern Zhou. Doaism teachings can also be found through writings by American author Benjamin Hoff who wrote The Tao of Pooh. The book uses Winnie The Pooh and his friends to illustrate the Way and non-action. The traditional Chinese sources ( Daodejing and Zhuangzi ) and The Tao of Pooh are all teachings of “The Way”, but Benjamin Hoff is more effective in teaching non-action in …show more content…
Taking your foot off the gas, and following the nature of things is fundamental in non-action. In Chapter 3 of the Daodejing, Loazi writes “ They make sure that the people are without zhi, “knowledge” or desires; and those with knowledge do not dare to act.” (Ivanhoe and Norden 164). Loazi teaches us that world can be seen as a see-saw. The more power you have, the greater chance that the changes you make can cause the see-saw to tilt one way far too much and cause many things to go wrong. In The Tao of Pooh, Pooh drops a stone in the river to rescue Eeyore from being stranded in the river and the waves wash Eeyore to the shore. Rabbit applauds Pooh for having such a clever idea and Pooh is seen to be a genius. Although Pooh’s idea did work it did not take much thought or planning, it just happened because it was made to happen. Pooh didn’t cause any abnormal waves to occur, he just simply dropped

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