Winnie-the-Pooh Effortlessly Moves Through Life
Winnie-the-Pooh is never in a hurry and simply does what he wants to do. Paradoxically, although Pooh never exerts himself particularly hard, he does manage to make his wishes come true, and he has many adventures – Pooh finds the North Pole, helps Eeyore find his tail, makes up poems, and flies with the help of a balloon.
The Wu Wei Principle
The Chinese call this principle Wu Wei. Wu means ‘without’ and Wei means ‘effort’ – the main idea of this Taoist principle is that we need to know when to act and when to let things just happen. And even when we act, we should go about it effortlessly, the way trees grow or waves roll. The best rendition of this principle in English might be ‘creative quietude’.
Winnie-the-Pooh Enjoys Just ‘Being’
In our day and age, most of us spend our time ‘doing’ and devote little time to just ‘being’. Pooh exemplifies the essential quality of ‘being’, and clearly enjoys himself greatly.
The art of ‘being’ entails a fundamental balancing act: while we work and create, which is our very essence and the purpose of our existence in this world, we must find time to enjoy our mere presence, our ‘being’ here, and relish it.
Haim Shapira is an Israeli mathematician, pianist, speaker, philosopher and game theorist. He is one of the most sought-after lecturers in Israel, and was also a keynote speaker at TEDxJaffa on game theory and strategy.
Shapira is currently a senior lecturer at The College of Management Academic Studies in Rishon LeZion, Israel. He is Head of the Excellent Students Program and lecturer at the School of Economics and at the School of Behavioral Sciences. His main research areas are game theory and philosophy.
Shapira writes in Hebrew, and his books have been translated into English, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Italian, Russian and Korean. His first two books in English are Happiness and Other Small Things of Absolute Importance, and Gladiators, Pirates and Games of Trust.