Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Silly Old Bear Who Is Stuffed With Fluff

I love Winnie the Pooh. He is such a cute and adorable character. He is honest, loving, and non-judgmental. He has the innocence of a child. Children love him because they identify with him.



The Winnie the Pooh story was based upon a child playing with his stuffed animals. A.A. Milne, the author of Winnie the Pooh, watch his son, Christopher Robin Milne, playing and he based the books upon what he saw.

In the movie there are many examples of Pooh's blatant honesty. For example:

In the scene where Pooh wants to find "hunny" and everything he has tried has failed, he finally decides to go visit Rabbit.

Rabbit is in his kitchen when he hears Pooh approaching. Pooh is saying to himself, "I like Rabbit because he uses short, easy words like 'how about lunch?' and 'help yourself, Pooh'."

Pooh is making no effort to hide the fact that he's going to visit Rabbit for food.

Pooh calls out, "Is anybody at home?"

Rabbit: "Nobody."

Pooh, after thinking puzzlingly for a moment, says to himself, "Well somebody's there, because somebody must have said 'nobody'."

Pooh peers in the rabbit hole and sees Rabbit standing there. Instead of confronting Rabbit for lying to him, Pooh innocently comes in and says, "Hello, Rabbit!" There is no tone of anger or judgment in his voice. He really is happy to see Rabbit.

Rabbit then offers Pooh lunch with the addition to "help yourself".

Pooh hurries over to the table, puts on his bib, and grabs the knife and fork, again, making no effort to hide or disguise his purpose for visiting.

Pooh is as honest and innocent as a child. He knows what he wants and doesn't beat around the bush to ask for it.

Why share this on an atheist, ex-Mormon blog? What does that have to do with anything?

Honesty.

As I was driving today, something occurred to me. Winnie the Pooh came from the mind of an honest child.

Children are honest. Children are atheist... that is, until their parents stuff their heads with dogma.

Christopher Robin Milne was born on August 21, 1920 and died April 20, 1996. Click here to read the Wikipedia short description of his life.

Christopher Robin Milne was an atheist. And if you look at the Pooh character, you can see it all over. To be an atheist is to be honest with yourself and what better example of honesty can you find than Winnie the Pooh?

1 comment:

Heather said...

Oh wow you are right!!!!!!!!!

I haven't looked that much into Dr. Suess but I would guess the same thing. Some of the lessons/quotes that have come out of his stuff are the same way.