Reviewed by Max
Taoism is a philosophical tradition that emphasizes living in harmony with the Tao, a Chinese representation of the source, pattern, and substance of everything that exists. If you're worried this sounds complicated, rest assured it doesn't have to be! In The Tao of Pooh, author Benjamin Hoff explores Taoism through a simple yet effective discussion of how Winnie the Pooh lives by its principles. Hoff touches on many of the philosophy's basic concepts, such as the uncarved block (P'u), inner nature, and the way (We Wei), and makes sure to cycle his discussions on each topic back to understandable examples.
I first read this book as a teenager, and it remains one of the few titles I revisit every few years. Although its luster has dulled with age, this book's practicality and continued readership make it one of the most accessible titles both on Taoism and philosophy as a whole. The Tao of Pooh is a great introduction to philosophy for all ages and a whimsically digestible guide on staying content and calm under all circumstances.
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
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