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The Tao of Pooh
written by Benjamin Hoff
summary by C. A. Frost


If you aren't much into philosophy but you have to read a philosophical book for some reason, The Tao of Pooh is the way to go. Everyone knows Pooh, you know that tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff. Pooh is the perfect mascott to express the concept of P'u, the Uncarved Block. P'u, the Uncarved Block explains the idea that

". . . things in their original simplicity contain their ow natural power, power that is easily spoiled and lost when that simplicity is changed."

Aside from that principal of "pooh" taoism, there is a lot of cute humor made among Pooh Bear and his friends and even the narrator throws in some funnys. Using a simple-minded bear to teach simplicity was a clever move by Benjamin Hoff.

"When you discard arrogance, complexity, and a few other things that get in the way, sooner or later you will discover that simple, childlike, and mysterious secret know to those of the Uncarved Block: Life is Fun."



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