The Tao of Pooh September 19, 2008Posted by Carly in Uncategorized.
Easily my most interesting class is my world history class. Today we learned about Taoism (also known as Daoism). Now I don’t feel up to completely explaining Taoism but it was created in ancient China by a guy named Laozi. He came a bit before Confucius. Anyway, Taoism is described as “being an uncarved block”, like being as simple as you can be. You’re only goal being happiness. Just walking around doing nothing and being happy. Basically: life is sweet and simple.
One day, a guy who studied Taoism made a remarkable discovery. He went to a debate that was debating wether the western world understoof Taoism (or something of that sort) but he went and read his part of the book to the opposing side. The O.S. (opposing side) said: thats not Taoism. That sounds like a childrens book. It sounds like Winnie the Pooh. The man said: It is Winnie the Pooh, and Winnie the Pooh is the perfect example of a Taoist.
Pooh’s only goal is habing a full tummy and being happy. Therefore he has his own wisdom.
- “Rabbit’s clever,” said Pooh thoughtfully.
- “Yes,”said Piglet, “Rabit’s clever.”
- “And he has Brain.”
- “Yes,” said Piglet, “Rabbit has Brain.”
- There was a long silence.
- “I suppose,” said Pooh, “that that’s why he never understands anything.”
Pooh, Piglet, and Rabbit were lost in the woods. Every time they tried to find their way home they went around in circles and ended up back at the sand pit.
“How would it be,” said Pooh slowly, “if as soon as we’re out of sight of this pit, we try to find it again?”
“What’s the good of that?” said Rabbit.
“Well, said Pooh, we keep looking for Home and not finding it, so I thought that if we looked for this Pit, we’d be sure not to find it, which would be a good thing, because then we might find something we weren’t looking for, which might be just what we were looking for, really.”
(I haven’t got the complete quote but it finishes something like this…) Rabbit stated that that was ridiculus and decided to prove Pooh wrong. He marched out into the woods untill he couldn’t see the pit anymore, then tried to go back. After 20 minutes, Pooh says something like “He must be home”
Pretty cool, huh?