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The Te of Piglet by Benjamin Hoff
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Sep 13, 10

bookshelves: humor, nonfiction, 2010, religion
Read on September 13, 2010

This is like night and day compared to the Tao of Pooh.

Tao of Pooh alternated between scenes from Pooh and Hoff's explanation of what that meant in Taoist terms. The Pooh scenes really helped illustrate what he was discussing. The Te of Piglet consists more of exposition about the concept of Te and Taoism in general. There's very little effort made to tie it back to Piglet and the other Pooh characters and quite a bit of political ranting.

The few points he tried to make about Piglet he'd already made in the Tao of Pooh - complete with the same examples from the same stories. There's very little Piglet and an abundance of Hoff's own opinions on how Taoism/Buddhism relate to modern society. He discusses everything from feminism being horrible, to smoking, to farming and fertilization practices, to the evils of radiation and therefore modern electronics.

While I agree with some of the points he made, I didn't pick up the book to read how he's applied Taoism to his political philosophy and world view.

In short - just stop with the Tao of Pooh. It covers the main points of Te as well.
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