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An Inuit Inspired Philosophical Farming Moment

Here's my philosophical moment for the day. Though it doesn't come from a farm setting I think it is very relevant. I've been reading a book called "The Long Exile" by Melanie McGrath. It's set in a changing Inuit culture. In describing the culture and the changes brought about by contact with whites they described the personality traits considered ideal for survival in traditional Inuit ways. As a background note, the following passage mentions "ihuma". Ihuma is basically the part of a person the inuit believe is built and developed through life experiences. A bad-tempered or hysterical person is said to be childish and his ihuma stunted so he is oversensitive. Too much ihuma is thought to make a person narrow-minded, overdemanding and analytical.  So here it is....
"The ideal Inuit type, a man or woman with just enough ihuma, is cheerful, calm and patient in adversity, immune to irritation, sulking or to the hostility of others. He takes his life as it comes, recognises its limits and accept its various outcomes. The most important words in his vocabulary are immaga, perhaps, and ayunqnaq, it can't be helped."
After reading this it is even more interesting to read the Inuit believe that too much ihuma can lead to excessive brooding which distracts a person to such an extent they can neglect to pay attention to the basics of living and survival. In the case of the Inuit such a person is likely to fall through the ice or stumble into a crevasse because they are not paying attention.
Life in general and farming in particular offers many things to brood over but if it seems to me if I was to strive to be like the Inuit ideal many of the things I know I personally waste time brooding over would not consume any of my energy. I realize this is not a new concept but to see it as a means of survival for an entire culture maybe emphasizes its power to affect change in my life.

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