I found myself enjoying the selections from Milne's original as a reprieve from the anger. Its major contributions have been in the areas of government, business, clan and family relations, and ancestor reverence. The first edition of this novel was published in 1992, and was written by Benjamin Hoff. Milne's creation, Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood, was based on the real nursery toys owned by his son, Christopher Robin. I don't want my experience of Winnie-the-Pooh soiled by paranoid ramblings.
The Tao of Pooh and the Te of Piglet are cheeky self help books that can be put on the same shelf as How to lose 50 pounds in a Month, or Feel Good Today. For example, on page 78 he goes into a rather strange tange What an unfortunate book. But the single unforgivable part of this book is the large amount of soap box talk the author throws in to the book. The Te of Piglet began with a solid premise, however it failed to accomplish what it set out to do. But, it's a bit of work to do so. The author, Hoff, tries to explain living with virtue and in harmony with the natural world or Te. The book starts off fine, with some basic introductions of Taoism I wanted to like this book.
Drawing inspiration from the East and utilizing a team of Indian craftspeople and artisans,. I also found it a bit hypocritical. I've just been reading The Te of Piglet you see, and it has got me feeling. First published in 1939, Alcoholics Anonymous sets forth cornerstone concepts of recovery from alcoholism and tells the stories of men and women who have overcome the disease. It was heartfelt and endearing,while also clearly explaining Taoist philosphy. Would have been much more effective if he kept the focus on Taoism's good points, rather than using so much ink slamming the West.
The Pooh scenes really helped illustrate what he was discussing. Hawkins's work has been translated into more than 17 languages. The book has been awarded with , and many others. This book is not that. We who have known and loved him since we were very young don't need the filter of someone else's pseudophilosophical ruminations ie, things that make you throw up in your mouth a little to appreciate him as he really is. Please click button to get the te of piglet book now. The only thing that is good in his two books is when he refers to actual stories from taoist history.
Hoff clearly didn't want to write it, from the way he was describing in the beginning. This book was written in 1992, yet he seems to gloss over that, if not outright ignore it completely. Instead we get Hoff's meandering criticism of Western Civilization, Philosophy, and culture which came across like disorganized, unfocused, preachy, ramblings. On the other hand, maybe they're not. Hoff has also studied architecture, music, fine arts, graphic design and Asian Culture. It's quite obvious that Hoff despised feminists and political correctness which was just coming into vogue when this book was written and decided to use this book as his soapbox.
This book was originally rated at two stars by me because it really paled in comparison to the Tao of Pooh, which I still highly recommend. Unfortunately, the reader frequently must wade through, or wander past the 2-3 page political rants and derogatory descriptions of the West. He gives a watered down version of what he likes about it. Actually it has the wrong everything. Maybe in the second half of the book he goes ha-ha just kidding. Tao of Pooh alternated between scenes from Pooh and Hoff's explanation of what that meant in Taoist terms. Practice like a motherfucker to teach yourself how to deal with the shitty reality of an existence that is essential meaningless, but simultaneously beautiful and miraculous.
I'll confess, I nearly put the book down at that point. You said it had the wrong title. . Hoff makes statements that he has no interest in backing up at any point and appears to have only wanted to do a sequel so that he could criticize the West. Oh, right--they don't know he exists. Hoff's use of Rabbit, Tigger, and Eyeore as instructional examples is also rather critical and negative. I certainly know all this.
I kept waiting for him to get back to Piglet and this new Taoist term I learned---Te---but the whole book was Hoff's rants! Unlike the base texts which Hoff purports to base this 250 page rant on Chinese as well as British , The RanTe of Hoff will not be an enduring classic. Not an inspir Hoff's explanations of The Way are instructional and thought provoking. I ended up skipping pages to get past Hoff's tirades on how we should live in sod houses eating only the twigs and berries that grow on our front lawns, and how all the world's problems would be solved by sitting in a drum circle or hunger strikes, hoping the rest of the world notices, a la Gandhi. How do you lose 50 pounds in a month? Unfortunately, the result was disappointing. The authors address the questions of what it means to be a person, what causes human distress, and how individuals experience healing. He even goes so far to bash Gulf War I while saying that we could learn a lot from Chinese philosophy.