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The Te Of Piglet In Which A Good Deal Of Taoist Wisdom Is Revealed Through The Character And Actions Of A A Milne S Piglet Piglet Yes, PigletFor The Better Than Impulsive Tigger Or The Gloomy Eeyore Or The Intellectual Owl Or Even The Lovable Pooh Piglet Herein Demonstrates A Very Important Principle Of Taoism The Te A Chinese Word Meaning Virtue Of The Small


10 thoughts on “The Te of Piglet

  1. says:

    I only made it about half way through this book and that was a struggle I continued only because I had such fond memories of The Tao of Pooh In my opinion, this is not a worthy sequel All the sweetness and warmth of the first book, the Mile esque style of writing, is gone So, too, is much discussion of Taoism and even of Piglet, for that matter Rather, it seems a soapbox for the author s disillusionment disgust with Western culture Would have been much effective if he kept the focus on Taoism s good points, rather than using so much ink slamming the West.


  2. says:

    The F n of Eeyore.One day I was walking through the bog, gazing wistfully at the muddy water, when I came across Eeyore in his den A lovely smell was coming out of the crumbling donkey shelter Hallo old friend What s cooking Hola, amigo Why this is just a simple zuppa verde Thistles and nettles from the bog you know, but quite good when cooked in buttered broth Farina grains add bulk and thickness, what what Ho ho But what s this, you re looking a bit doom and gloom, my friend What has happened to your cheerful demeanor Oh Eeyore, it is Very Good to see you again I ve just been reading The Te of Piglet you see, and it has got me feelingthat is, a bit Ho ho Say no That book has the wrong title, to start with Actually it has the wrong everything It s not really about anything Though of course certain parties are trodden on Yes, I believe that s what s left me so conflicted And, well, so you know, then, thatuhm Yes, I know Oh I know It was me what was trod, yup I m the odd bits which got smithered on I certainly know all this You needn t mention it And after all, one can t complain I have my friends Somebody spoke to me only yesterday And was it last week or the week before that Rabbit bumped into me and said Bother The Social Round Always something going on You know, Eeyore, I can t help but feel that this time this Tao and Te fellow has gone over the line I mean, really, Educational System Eeyores And what s this nonsense about Eeyore s Could you make head or tail out of that so to speak Ah yes, those misfit feminists with their overabundance of masculine energies Do you mean to say you find the fellow unqualified to measure the proper amount of masculine energy The thought had occurred to me Haha, well it s all quite amusing really In a quiet way, that is, and without being really helpful As you no doubt gathered, the book is said to be about Piglet, but there s really very little of Piglet in it at all Quite true I was surprised at that You shouldn t be, my friend Oh, I tell you, in this world nearly every creature suffers from a Positively Startling Lack of Brain The result of course is that the books they write aren t about what they thought they would write about Probably this book did start out about Piglet, but soon a bit of chaff flew by, or else a new smell entered the air, and before the author knew it, he was Whining again, as he is of course wont to do.Now for your information, in China, Whining is actually an art Really But isn t that annoying to readers Not at all Not when done properly And not if the listeners feel the same way about matters Why, down in the bogs and swamps of China I have visited with Donkeys, Monkeys, DonkMonks, and Key Dons of all shapes and sizes, all perfectly able to spend an entire evening Whining Whining s good for the soul, after all, for once you re done you ve cleaned yourself out You ve taken out all your bile and whatnot and spillt it out into the bog water, where it makes no difference at all Oh I think I see where you are going with this And so The Te of Piglet Right It s entirely whining, from beginning to end What little we see of poor Piglet is purposely obscured to make it seem as if we are all actually already either Whiners or Worth Whining About Which is perfectly true, by the way I see So back to the title You said it had the wrong title Perhaps it should be called Whining Yes Since our friend likes Chinese terms so much, he might have called it after the Chinese term for a whining, which refers to the scattering and drawing out of the bile, or indignation, which is called fen Whining is a verb, but fen is a nice solid noun which refers to the bile in the heart So I do think he should have called it The Fen I see, yes But then again it wouldn t do to call it The Fen It needs an Animal, don t you think Perhaps The Fen of Piglet would be better Don t be daft That silly bit of fluff hasn t the confidence to Whine in a full throated, belly emptying way No, no, Piglet would never do Come to think of it, as we said before, the Animal that whines most is you, Eeyore Why thank you very much I was so hoping someone would notice Ah Now I have it Our friend only seems to dislike you, Eeyore He whines about Eeyores But since Eeyores are the whiners, then he too is an Eeyore Why don t we call the book The Fen of Eeyore Oh, my goodness I couldn t accept that Oh, no, really Me The star of a book Well, suppose I do know a thing or two I ve a brain Say, do you want to stay awhile Have some zuppa Wonderful I ve some beer in this bag, if that interests you It may interest me, sir Perhaps as much as anything ever does, in any case Drinking beer never did anyone any good Then again, the world is in such a state, a few beers are certainly called for Oh Everybody has been Wrong about Everything I tell you Especially Wrong about Me Why, what Whining we shall have tonight, sir


  3. says:

    After enjoying Benjamin Hoff s Tao of Pooh, with its delightful introduction of Taoist ideas using the classic A.A Milne characters, I approached the rather thicker Te of Piglet with gleeful anticipation Alas, if only the book were thinner.There are still the interactions, albeit somewhat less adorable, with the denizens of the Hundred Acre Wood, but they are nearly suffocated by lengthy broadsides against all sorts of political targets, from anti Environmental Business to Technology, from Scientists to Western Medicine And while I am not at all opposed to the notion of screeding to one s heart s content, the avalanche of Haughty Thoughts seems entirely out of place given both the first book and the greater Poohniverse.Of particular oddity was his railing against Grammar s whose great crime against humanity suggesting he or she or they them constructions rather than he as the default apparently results in the utter emasculation of Men and the Death of Civilization For a school of thought like Taoism that has had some sort of inclusiveness for women in it from the beginning centuries, now , it seems a really weird hill to die on.I ll confess, I nearly put the book down at that point I was reminded of Dorothy Parker as Constant Reader reviewing The House at Pooh Corner And it is that word hummy, my darlings, that marks the first place in The House at Pooh Corner at which Tonstant Weader fwowed up What the hell, Hoff I had a brief urge to edit an expurgated version of the Te of Piglet with the politics dialed back several notches and a hundred pages or so so that the lovely Taoist concepts can shine forth But then I remembered this is but one tiny rock in the stream of Taoist literature and, in the spirit of such things, I should be like water and simply route around it.


  4. says:

    I wanted to like this book I remember enjoying The Tao of Pooh and I naturally figured this would be a companion piece in the same vein However, in the ten years that passed between that publication and this one, Benjamin Hoff seems to have grown into a grouchy, cantankerous old man decrying the youth of America and using this book as a soapbox for his own political rants that have naught to do with Taoism, Te, Piglet or Pooh.The book starts off fine, with some basic introductions of Taoism and Te, but things start to go downhill with the chapter titled The Eeyore Effect Midway through this chapter, Hoff suddenly starts on his own personal tangents, ranting about everyone from the news media to modern educators to so called Feminists intent on converting all nouns to gender neutral descriptions because they are both antimasculine and overmasculine and have no respect for the feminine Don t ask me to make sense of that It s WTF bizarre in the context of the book 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.Then there s the ranting about kids these days I m 30 now, so I m part of the youth generation he was ranting about in the early 90 s when this was written According to Hoff, it was horrible that my generation was being taught to use computers in school And of course he blames low test scores on video games The minds of American children are now so stressed and crippled by Tiggerish wham bam Video Games, Television Shows, and Instant Left Brain Computer Activities that many of them are unable to concentrate on anything for than five minutes and Perhaps today s children will be able to find employment years from now, anyway they may be hired as technical laborers by the Chinese, Japanese, and Koreans, who will by then own just about everything because their cultures far than ours encourage children to Focus on the Mind Ho hum They same thing people have been complaining about for generations Kids these days, no respect, no proper education Okay, grouchy old man Sounds like my grandfather, ranting about how China and the Japs were taking over the country.At this point I stopped reading the book in depth and just skimmed the rest It s short enough that I didn t miss much Yet the bizarre paranoid rants just get worse Today the public is being captivated by computers, word processors, and the like whose cathode ray tubes emit X ray radiation, and whose circuits and display terminals produce strong electromagnetic fields The latest Popular Radiation device is the Microwave Oven, which bombards food with high frequency electromagnetic radiation, irritating it until it heats up This sort of Perversion of Nature is perfectly safe, authorities insist if it weren t, the Wonderful Machines wouldn t be on the market Maybe the authorities are correct this time, just for once On the other hand, maybe they re not In addition to being afraid of microwaved food and feminists, Hoff also has nothing nice to say about Conservatives, turning a chapter ironically titled The Day of Piglet into a political soapbox rant about self righteous religious conservative politicians who keep money for themselves while widows and orphans starve in the streets This segues into a sort of environmental hippie treatise about the billions of dollars the US was spending on the first Iraq war for Kuwait s oil supplies while across the country untaxed gang lords cruise about in limousines, drug pushers and psychopaths prey on neglected children, homeless grandmothers push their worldly possessions in shopping carts, citizens of all ages contract Pistol Fever, shooting themselves and each other Then there s all the toxic waste, pesticides, and chemicals in the environment that are slowly killing usUm.Piglet Pooh Taoism Te It s amazing how this short little book manages to go so completely off topic so quickly Also, I ve never read a book about Eastern thought that was so negative and borderline misanthropic The Tao of Pooh is worth a read, but do yourself a favor and don t bother with this one.


  5. says:

    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 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.


  6. says:

    The book is supposed to demonstrate how Piglet in the original A.A Milne writings personified Te, or Virtue in Action To illustrate this the author wrote a bunch of new situations for Piglet Which defeats the entire purpose, since it forces Piglet into the mold for the philosophy instead of showing how he already conforms to it.The author also spends a lot of time explaining how the world is in poor shape due to the Eeyores who complain about how the world is doomed instead of seeing things as they really are.He then writes a final chapter explaining how the world is doomed, and everything is going to fall apart, and Western Civilization sucks and there s no hope for anything and if only people had listened to Tao and Te things would have turned out much better.Even I who agree mostly , with his political and philosophical viewpoints, couldn t help feeling the book was self righteous and superior than thou He makes a few decent points but he defends them with poor logic and with examples he made up himself.


  7. says:

    At first I enjoyed it for what I was learning about Chinese philosophy But then he gets very political about current events in 1992, which, while also being outdated now, are not as relevant to the timeless themes he is discussing as he would think He gets on his soapbox about his personal views, which I also see as off target and an annoyance I wanted to read about Te and it s relationship to Piglet, not on how he feels all the past presidents have overlooked environmental protection Actually, if he simply mentioned that it wouldn t be so bad But he gets on such a strong winded tangent with the details that no one, over 10 years later, are going to be impressed by what he is referencing He has made this book outdated and so I would not necessarily recommend it to anyone Plus, his view is so negative I prefer a loving, soft, I m okay you re okay, we are all trying type of approach His stance is very accusatory about the western world in modern times I couldn t even bring myself to finish it.


  8. says:

    2.5 starsI don t know, this sequel just didn t do it for me I loved the first book, absolutely loved it, but this one seemedlacking somehow.


  9. says:

    This book is about 100 pages, give or take, larger than the first book on the subject matter by Hoff, The Tao of Pooh While explaining the principles of Taoism through stories from A.A Milne and crafting new dialogue for the characters still works, it is far less a part of this book than the previous In fact, this book tends to go off into explanation far than crafting examples using the character.But the single unforgivable part of this book is the large amount of soap box talk the author throws in to the book He has a clear stance on government and social issues going on at the time of his writing the book and he uses points between talking over principles towell rage on about them.Oh, and he basically claims a doomsday is coming.The Tao of Pooh was a delightful introduction into the tenets of Taoism using timeless characters This book takes a stab at doing it again with a little expansion, succeeds at points but mostly preaches to you I have no problem with him sharing his views or believing that we have some kind of great transition coming in this worldbut this was not the forum for it Poorly played, author.I highly recommend the Tao of Pooh I only recommend this companion if you like being made uncomfortable and angry towards the ends of books.


  10. says:

    After reading this book, I cannot look back at The Tao of Pooh without thinking of Pooh an unthinking dimwit The author, Hoff, tries to explain living with virtue and in harmony with the natural world or Te Hoff, does a good job of using previously written works to illustrate his points, but comes short when using Milne s characters In fact as the book went on, I began to dislike the character of little Piglet.My major gripe with this book is that Ben Hoff decided to pull out his soapbox and get all spill his personal politics all over his book s information 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.I can t be receptive to do good things and good things will happen to you and The Golden Rule, when I m subjected to a hysterical ranting on how ashamed I should be for eating animal based protein in the same pararagraph.