The magic of snow
The world is full of magic, shame the sleeping majority will never notice.
Yesterday as I was visiting new WordPress blogs I posted a comment on a blog how everyone seems to mention Narnia when it comes to snow scenes. The response was “Do they?” That response irritated me, the sort of response with the unsaid insult of “here is an idiot”. It is the sort of rude blog response that no blog writer should make if they want to attract followers or encourage comment on their blog.
To understand such a comment as I made on that blog about Narnia, it requires an assumption of three pieces of information:
- they had seen the film “Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe”.
- they had experience of others having mentioned Narnia.
- they had encountered winter scenes that reminded them of Narnia.
It is presumptive on my part to assume the other knows what I am talking about when I speak of something that they are ignorant of, however the response they make can shut down an opportunity to learn something new about the world. Opportunities for new insights or adventures open up around us all the time, all we have to do is keep our minds open to all possibilities. Too often however the mind shuts out anything that is new or is counter to its world view.
The concept of sustainability is often new and challenging to most minds brought up and conditioned in the old unsustainable paradigms that currently rule the minds of people and society today. It is the defensive, hostile closed minds that anyone attempting to share and show sustainable ideas are going to face with the ignorant. The ignorant rude attitude of some can be like a red rag to a bull, so it takes an effort to pull back and let it go. Such people will be constantly encountered, and they are unworthy to waste energy on.
If you have not seen the “Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe” then it is worth seeing, as well as reading the book. CS Lewis includes considerable philosophy into his Narnia books, which makes them enchanting to both adults and children. Once you have seen the snow scenes in the film, then you will quickly make the association with winter scenes in the real world. Once the snows come the wildlife seem to vanish; the birds stop singing; there is often a silence, a calm fresh stillness in the air, as if everything is sleeping, waiting and watching. If you have a camera as the light conditions get low you can catch a magical landscape that will convey the magical experience of what you see. It is the magical scenes of nature that make life worth living, sadly the ignorant will be blind to such magic.