Monthly Archives: August 2008

Haruki Murakami teaches trading and letting go, with ‘A Poor Aunt Story’

‘Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman’ is a collection of short stories by Haruki Murakami.

In a short, surreal tale, titled ‘A Poor Aunt Story’, the form of a poor aunt appears on the back of the protagonist.  When the protagonist asks his friend about where such a poor aunty may come from, she responds with:

‘A poor aunt might have had a “poor aunt” childhood or youth.  Or she might not. It really doesn’t matter. There are millions of reasons floating around for millions of results. Millions of reasons to live, and millions of reasons to die. Millions of reasons for giving reasons. …”

‘She exists. That’s all. You have to recognise that fact and accept it. Reasons, causes: these just don’t matter. The poor aunt is there. She exists. And that’s what a poor aunt is. Her existence is her reason. Just like us. We exist here and now, without any particular reason or cause.’