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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Te of Piglet

Te of Piglet is Benjamin Hoff's sequel addition to the Tao of Pooh.  Te is a concept of the virtue of the small and as in Tao of Pooh Hoff uses the stories of Pooh and his pals to show different Taoist concepts.  Te is about seeing how small things and small acts are just as important as the big acts, in fact the small and the large come from and define each other.

This book is one that I read years and years ago when a girlfriend had suggested the Tao of Pooh and last month I did a re-read.  The reviews that this book got originally were far less than stellar.  Hoff comes across as a bit bitter and didactic.  After forgetting about the content and reading the Amazon reviews I was going to give this a pass, but I'm glad I picked it up again.

Hoff rages against things like microwaves, sidewalks, fast food, and feminism and at first glance it looks like he's gotten out his laundry list of stuff to rail against.  Once I had read it though I see that Hoff is making the case for Taoism.  Would someone who follows the Tao really eat a microwave chimi-changa?  Don't Taoists walk just as much for the walk as to get anywhere?  Why do they need direct paved over paths?  If men are treating women with the respect they deserve why do we need feminism?  To clarify, yes the respect they deserve is to do whatever they want including work for equal pay, get just as educated and so forth.

OK we need all those things because we live out of harmony with Taoist principals, but still, wouldn't it be a nicer world if we didn't need them?

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