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In The Tao of Pooh Benjamin Hoff uses the characters from Winnie the Pooh to explain the fundamentals of Taoism By observing the actions of Eeyore Piglet Rabbit Owl Tigger and Pooh he decides that the action of the character Pooh best describes Taoism The most important principle of Taoism is the Uncarved Block Hoff uses Pooh to best explain the Uncarved Block The principle of the Uncarved Block is that things in their original simplicity contain their own natural power power that is easily spoiled and lost when that simplicity is changed He uses these characters to show how things can be spoiled and lost and also how things can just work out Hoff uses Rabbit to show that when you always have to be on the run doing something and being busy usually you miss things and you do not enjoy life It can often screw up things to always have to figure things out and always feel like you are important He uses Owl to show that when you are always looking for a reason for something then it often makes things too complicated Hoff uses Piglet in the sense that Piglet is always scared and hesitating things if Piglet would not hesitate he would get things done in a much more efficient way He should just do not think Hoff explains the character of Eeyore by showing how he is always worried about things he frets a lot If he would not do that then life would be much easier for Eeyore And finally there is Pooh Hoff shows how Pooh does not think or ponder about things he just does them Things always work out for Pooh because of this Pooh works along with nature and he does not try to interfere Pooh leads a simple life This can also be explained as the life and actions of a Taoist Hoffs purpose of this book is a didactic purpose He
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