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Winnie the Pooh, An Idea, and a Jar of Honey

Winnie the pooh honey pot
Philosophy is a way of thinking that has baffled generations of people and has challenged what they think they know. A philosopher is normally pictured is an old white, reclusive man sitting alone in a room stroking his beard, trying to discover what the world has to offer. An idea of philosophy can be visualized as Winnie The Pooh with his head stuck in a jar of honey.

Imagine the jar of honey as a vast pool of knowledge and wisdom; Pooh is the mind seeking knowledge and answers that only he can find at the bottom. At this point in time his mind is as empty as the barren wasteland just waiting for the rain to come. This could develop into a lifelong wait to collect what he feels is a sufficient amount of knowledge to answer his questions.

Philosophy extends further than just a way of thinking. It is deeply rooted into the way a person lives their life. The way they choose to act towards other people, animals, and even interact with the environment around them; is based off of their own personal philosophy. Personal philosophy is more important than trying to figure out “What is philosophy” as a term to regurgitate to another person. The term itself is vague but most people think it as one thing; a way of thought for the great minds of the world to figure out possible solutions to the unanswerable questions that have been created over the centuries.

These unanswerable questions are most commonly answered with a question that results in endless cycles of “conversation” on the subject of discussion that was no where near the original question at answer.

As we have learned to discover through the conversations and discussion held in class, already we witnessed how there is a plethora of responses to the most simple of questions. This takes me to my final point; The big idea of what philosophy is to me, Is the way a person thinks independently but aware of what they want. Not sufficing to the popular consensus of what the “average” person may believe is the right way to lead their life.

Winnie-the-Pooh, copyright © 1926 by E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc.; copyright renewal 1954 by A. A. Milne.


One Response to Winnie the Pooh, An Idea, and a Jar of Honey

  1. bryanjack says:

    Hi Joel,
    Thanks for this recapturing of your What is Philosophy presentation. The image of Winnie the Pooh is a workable allusion to wanting more than we can grasp that works well here, as it did in the GIF from your original discussion in class. However, where did the image you’ve shared here come from? Who owns the copyright to Winnie the Pooh (and his cartoon brethren)? These sources and folks should be cited and recognized. In the first place, this is a legal concern: the Winnie the Pooh folks could get us in legal hot water for using their trademarked images without permission. In the second, as we were discussing last week, this is part of the practice of working on the web, where if we want the networked connections of the Internet to function at their optimal level, we need to create these connections as we go, ourselves. You can highlight the original copyright owner in a ‘caption’ when you add an image (which I would recommend here, as Winnie the Pooh is a major trademarked image), or link to the place you found the picture you are using.
    Keep up the great blogging,
    Mr. J


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