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Happy Birthday, Confucius
09-28-2009, 11:58 AM
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Happy Birthday, Confucius
September 28, 551 BCE

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confucius

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confucianism
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09-28-2009, 01:17 PM
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RE: Happy Birthday, Confucius
Celebrate Confucius Day! Tell a Taoist he's wrong!

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09-28-2009, 05:02 PM
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RE: Happy Birthday, Confucius
The Tao of Pooh.

Taoism explained via the stories of Winnie the Pooh.

If only Lao Tzu had thought of that...
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09-28-2009, 06:42 PM
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RE: Happy Birthday, Confucius
(09-28-2009 05:02 PM)Zagreus Wrote:  The Tao of Pooh.

Taoism explained via the stories of Winnie the Pooh.

If only Lao Tzu had thought of that...

From a review of The Te of Piglet. Really...

Quote:Ten years later, a sequel to the runaway bestseller The Tao of Pooh. If you like marshmallow laced with arsenic, it was worth the wait. In the original, as you may recall, Hoff had an Idea: that Winnie-the-Pooh could be used to explain Taoism, the ancient Chinese way of balance. Now, as luck would have it, Pooh's buddy Piglet turns out to be the perfect embodiment of Te, the Taoist term for virtue, which is attained through sensitivity, modesty, and smallness. Piglet, you see, is a ``Very Small Animal'' (for all his talk about smallness, Hoff, like A.A. Milne, who must be groaning in his grave, likes capital letters Very Much), and the diminutive porker's adventures are the perfect means to preach, Very Lightly, about being positive and ecological and upright. The trick is to ``observe, deduce, apply''; once done, the millennial ``Day of Piglet'' will arrive and human beings will once again achieve ``the state of paradise that existed before the Great Separation occurred.'' Watch out, though: All is not summer in the 100-Acre Wood. Beneath the goofy grin one finds bared teeth, as Hoff snaps away peevishly at Confucianism (``authoritarian, No- Nonsense attitude toward life''), Christianity, feminism (``behind their antimasculine words, it's Overmasculinity as Usual''), Republicans, critics, computers--whatever raises his Taoist hackles. All in a Good Cause, of course. No doubt, The Ching of Eeyore comes next. Then what? Well, by then the Day of Piglet will have come, and the whole world will be a Trillion-Acre Wood...so empty your pockets while you can, and watch Piglet bring home the bacon. (Illustrated with 51 line drawings from the original Pooh books. However did they dare?)

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09-28-2009, 07:09 PM
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RE: Happy Birthday, Confucius
Pfft. Ewe haven't read the books!

Te of Piglet is naff, Tao of Pooh is full of win.
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09-28-2009, 07:30 PM
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RE: Happy Birthday, Confucius
(09-28-2009 07:09 PM)Zagreus Wrote:  Pfft. Ewe haven't read the books!

Te of Piglet is naff, Tao of Pooh is full of win.

Sequels usually are naff. (So you're a limey, eh?) I did read 'Pooh', but not 'Piglet'. Probably something about Te being pronounced Duh! Big Grin

Personally, I am much more like Owl than Pooh. I OD'd on Oriental Religion and Philosophy way back in my youth and left it all behind. Maybe I missed the point. Or maybe I actually got the point, which is that there really is no point....or maybe....

What is the sound of one hand clapping erasers?
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09-28-2009, 07:37 PM
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RE: Happy Birthday, Confucius
I fully understand the point of questions like "what is the sound of one hand clapping," and I know that taking it literally completely destroys the purpose, but I've never been able to get over the fact that the sound of one hand clapping is the sound of your fingers striking the heel of your palm.

Try it. One hand clapping.

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09-28-2009, 08:47 PM
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(09-28-2009 07:37 PM)GTseng3 Wrote:  I've never been able to get over the fact that the sound of one hand clapping is the sound of your fingers striking the heel of your palm.

Like Bart Simpson?
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