I decided to read this book because I loved "The Tao of Pooh," by the same author. I was disappointed somewhat. The book is good but not as good as the first one. It goes without saying though that it would have been difficult to measure up to the "Tao of Pooh." The two together make a handsome set.
I stopped reading this book because I felt the author was misinterpreting and misusing the original Milne characters to preach his own views about the world.
The definition of Te (which is often translated as 'virtue') is given btw pg.22-23.
Like in the "Tao of Pooh", Hoff occasionally brings up analogies btw Daoism and animism.
Something which made me antsy though was in the fifth chapter (The Eeyore effect) he brings up "Eeyore Amazons",feminists and how women's rights are espoused while still using a "power over" attitude of achievement resembling that which men have usually practiced and changes to job titles b/c of political correctness..'~' dare I may say, I think the part there was more reflective of Hoffman but I doubt he thinks similarly now seeing as how the book came out in the early 90's.
Interesting how in the chapter after,Tigger is kind of said to be analogous to an impulse driven personality with an *over*enthusiaism which doesn't always accomplish what it sets out to do.
I have mixed feelings on how the latter chapters were used mainly on cultural criticism related to militarism and the Gulf war and the environment rather than a closer look at the concept of "Te" and a sedgeway into virtue ethics it could have led to. The "Tao of Pooh" did not have as much issue to me in keeping focus.
As far as trying to explain Te by bringing up how Piglet changes in the A.A. Milne stories it's still a good book.
If you haven't read "The Tao of Pooh" you should start with that. Both are fun and funny looks at our inner selves and how we function in our world. I love the way the author uses familiar childhood characters to illustrate his points.
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