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[[ Read Book ]] ⚫ Moominland Midwinter î This is snow, Moomintroll whispered to himselfMoomins always sleep through the winter or they did until the year Moomintroll woke up and went exploring in the silent, snow covered valley where the river used to scuttle along and all his friends were so busy in summer There s a fab essay by Maria Popova on this book on Brain Pickings today, encompassing the paradox of active surrender Highly recommended Found my childhood copy of this while cleaning out an old box last night, and to my delight I enjoyed it just as much as a grown up My favourite of all the moomin books, because of the haunting quietness On my must read list for all children There s a fab essay by Maria Popova on this book on Brain Pickings today, encompassing the paradox of active surrender Highly recommended Found my childhood copy of this while cleaning out an old box last night, and to my delight I enjoyed it just as much as a grown up My favourite of all the moomin books, because of the haunting quietness On my must read list for all children This book has the best footnotes.A displaced hedgehog is a hedgehog that has been removed from its home against its will and not even had time to pack its toothbrush.And a bit later on, when we are so sad because squirrel is dead, the most comforting footnote I ve ever read In case the reader feels like having a cry, please take a quick look at p 126. Oh, the things that happen to you if you can t hibernate properly Reread with my big kids in Scandinavian mid winter A delight to revisit after a decade The human world is a huge mess that somehow survives the day I don t know how it happens, and I m not sure that all our un concerted efforts to help it survive don t just further complicate things and make that daily survival less and less possible My attitude in these matters is generally that of a cynical Taoist a profound faith in things as they are functioning perfectly in enormous rhythms of time wedded to an understanding that most humans only make things worse If pressed my explan The human world is a huge mess that somehow survives the day I don t know how it happens, and I m not sure that all our un concerted efforts to help it survive don t just further complicate things and make that daily survival less and less possible My attitude in these matters is generally that of a cynical Taoist a profound faith in things as they are functioning perfectly in enormous rhythms of time wedded to an understanding that most humans only make things worse If pressed my explanation would be that collectively we see a new day every day due to an inherent survival mechanism of such incredible complexity that even our brightest brains can t understand it If pressed I would also add that this survival mechanism is beyond the reach of our brains, which itself is part of that very survival mechanism, as our brains would invariably muck it up irreparably if given access Brains muck up enough already, and what they can t muck up they often try to ruin for everyone Even our very own brains try to muck up our very own lives For instance, some brains are wont to tell their soul body vessels that in the face of such muckity mucked up global complexity to seek solace or refuge or even wisdom in the simple is irresponsible that complexity must be confronted with complexity that it is our duty as primates on the intellectual pinnacle to figure out every last detail of our infinitely long queue of problems, and to come up with solutions, before we can enjoy the simplicity of our gods given natures that we need to read complicated adult books rather than so called children s books as a means of understanding our conditions Just as I don t know how we survive, I don t know why we continue to operate under the directive of seriously flawed adult logic and over educated instruction manuals when the clear eyed anarchic wisdom of childhood even old age is intuitively the better course Children and the elderly aren t in the game, and they re the wiser for it, though of course there are exceptions demonic kids and avaricious old folks.Which brings me to Mooninvalley, where I now live I feel lucky that I can read these books for the first time as an adult Sure, it would be nice to have read these as a youngster so that as they were directly affecting effecting my development they were planting themselves in my being s very marrow but to read them as an adult is potentially evenaffecting as there are so many mental emotional rigidities to overcome, so much intellectual scar tissue to flex out, and so manygrey clouds and mucky accretions to pierce in order to see the Sun as if on the first day of creation Which is not to say that Tove Jansson aspirations are so lofty, as from what I can tell her main intentions were to entertain and delight while embodying her philosophy of natural magic, clear sighted pragmatism, anarchic creativity, and self sufficiency through the simple complex of her cast of wildly diverse characters.Life in Moominvalley is simple, though complicated enough to engender stories worth telling, and though it s a remote utopia of sorts it s essence is capable of resonating within the hearts and minds of those people still receptive to a wisdom that can be both simple and true And just as I don t really care to know how we as a species continue to survive, I don t really care to over discuss my life in Moominvalley I prefer to just live it And I should stop talking before anyone mistakes me for Garrison Keillor