Stephen Loertscher April 24, 1012 Matich Tao Essay The Way Taoism can be described by three concepts: P’u, Wu Wei, and the Bisy Backson Theory. These concepts can be explained using The Tao of Pooh and the Tao Te Ching. “The Essence of the principle of the Uncarved Block is that things in their original simplicity contain their own natural power, power that is easily spoiled and lost when that simplicity is changed.” (Hoff 10) P’u is the Uncarved Block. The Chinese character P’u means simple, natural, plain. This pretty much describes the whole concept of P’u. If we have a “mirrormind” of the Uncarved Block, then we will be better than the great thinkers of our modern world just like Pooh is greater than Owl and Rabbit. Wu Wei is best described by Nike’s motto “Just Do It.” Wu Wei is becoming one with your inner self by following your gut feeling. If we can follow Wu Wei like the rest of the natural world does then we will not make mistakes. “Mistakes are Made-or imagined-by man” (Hoff 69) The Bisy Backson theory is basically the thought that those who try to do to much are missing out on life. For example, an athlete who is always training and playing or racing might miss out on things like being with family and observing nature. The Tao Te Ching says, “Return is the movement of the Tao. Yielding is the way of the Tao.” (Zinvol 40) this pretty much describes the bisy backson theory as it is a yielding to all things. These three, P’u, Wu Wei, and the bisy backson theory, can pretty much sum up Taoism. The Tao Te Ching says “All things end in the Tao as rivers flow into the sea.” (Zinvoul 32) this one phrase can sum up all of Taoism. Works Cited Hoff, Benjamin. the Tao of Pooh. NY, New York: Penguin Books, 1982. Print. Zinvol, Ron. Tao Te Ching. eBook. <http://dl.dropbox.com/u/21310731/Tao of Pooh/simple taoism.pdf>.