Friday, April 2, 2010


Old Trunks is listening to the news. The report regards religion. It is said a church is starting on Facebook. The idea is you won't feel like a sinner signing on like you would if you were walking into a church building.

My question this morning is: Isn't the idea of feeling like a sinner or at least humble part of the go to church experience? Ministers and priests often told my Dad, a builder, the reason for the high ceilings it to make us feel small.

Are we not, as I asked Shirley, just filthy rags without spirituality according to religion? The older we get the more we realize there are different concepts to religion. It has been decades since I found a book called, The Tao of Pooh, where the author uses the characters in the big woods of the Winnie the Pooh stories to explain Tao. I am not saying I practice Tao, I am just saying it really allowed something wonderfully simple.

One of the basic principles of Taoism is P'U, the Uncarved Block. The essence 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. This principle applies not only to things, but to people as well. Or Bears. Which brings us to Pooh, the very Epitome of the Uncarved Block. When you discard arrogance, complexity, and a few, other things that get in the way, sooner or later you will discover that simple, childlike, and mysterious secret known to those of the Uncarved Block: Life is Fun. Along with that comes the ability to do things spontaneously and have them work, odd as that may appear to others at times.

Think about it.


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