What could these two things possibly have in common? I've been reading George Orwell's essay entitled "Such, Such Were the Joys..." about his time in public boarding school in Great Britain. Upon coming to school at the age of eight, Orwell tells that he reverted to wetting his bed.
"Nowadays, I believe, bed-wetting in such circumstances is taken for granted. It is a normal reaction in children who have been removed from their homes to a strange place. In those days, however, it was looked on as a disgusting crime which the child committed on purpose and for which the proper cure was a beating"Orwell finally received not just one caning for wetting the bed, but also a second more savage beating(the cane broke!) because he bragged it didn't hurt. After the second beating, he remembers coming to a unique understanding of the cruel world around him.
"I was crying partly because this was expected of me, partly from genuine repentence, but partly also because of a deeper grief which is peculiar to childhood and not easy to convey: a sense of desolate loneliness and helplessness, of being locked up not only in a hostile world but in a world of good and evil where the rules were such that it was actually not possible for me to keep them. I knew that bed-wetting was (a) wicked and (b) outside my control. The second fact I was personally aware of, and the first I did not question. It was possible, therefore, to commit a sin without knowing that you committed it, without wanting to commit it and without being able to avoid it. Sin was not necessarily something that you did: it might be something that happened to you...But at any rate, this was the great, abiding lesson of my boyhood: that I was in a world where it was not possible for me to be good."(Orwell's emphasis)
While I am still in the process of reading all of Orwell's works, I am fairly sure that he did not mean this to be a positive passage about the concepts of sin and religion.
But what he did do in these passages, whether he meant to or not,was to expose the number one concept of many of the world's religions that consistently frustrates and confuses so many people.
More in part II...
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Purgatory: A place of suffering and torment with an unknown duration. In Roman Catholic Theology-the place where the dead are purified from their sins.
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