The Te of Piglet
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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, Piglet.For 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.
the have been accomplished? so important to them, anyway? they marry, they reject their hus- bands' family names. These names are paternal and are therefore symbols of "male chauvinism,'' they say. So they keep their unmarried names came from their fathers. —which (And their fathers were strong advocates of women's rights?) Behind their antimasculine words, masculinity as Usual, as the Eeyore tate it's Over- Amazons imi- the lowest sort of masculine behavior and They break up
impulse-driven personality." We would describe him as an animal with a whim of iron and the inner discipline of mush. While the Teachings of the West tend to encourage Tiggers sort of behavior, the Teachings of the East contain Tao Te Ching, many for cautions against example, we it. In the find: High winds do not blow all morning; Heavy rain does not fall all day. Are not these made by heaven and earth? If the power of heaven and earth Cannot make violent activity last, How can you? •
tasks, been cleared away. We will begin our examination of illusions with three narratives concerning the Perception of which show Situations, How One ist Looks at that Things. It The All Depends on first is by the Tao- writer Lieh-tse: A man noticed that his axe was missing. Then he saw the neighbor's son pass by. The boy looked like a thief, walked like a thief, behaved like a thief. Later that day. the man found his axe where he had left it the day before. The next time
the existence of sunspots ahead of the West and solar wind. The Chinese discovered diabetes and deficiency diseases and pioneered the sciences of endocrinology, immunology, thyroid hormone Things as They Are 149 and anatomy (deducing, among other things, the presence and design of the eardrum before its physical discovery). They developed systherapy, tems of biological pest control . . . Well, that ought to be enough to make the point. These people Noticed things. Unfortunately, one
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