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    Oh Mary Oh

    from Sozhenitsyn:

    "And thus it is we must be beaten on flank and snout, again and again, so as to become, in time at least, human beings, yes, human beings."
    Solzhenitsyn gets processed through the prison system and finally winds up in a large cell, which is run by professional criminals. They take inventory of his meager possessions, just some food he has as I recall, and then relieve him of them. The cell is crowded and he has only the floor to sit on, so he demands compensation for what they have taken in the form of a bunk. They say sure, and kick out some other political prisoner. Later he realizes what he has done - causing this other innocent political prisoner to suffer for his own "comfort".

    We make mistakes, even innocently, but the revelation of what we have done informs our lives forever after.

    Bold at inappropriate times.

    by steep rain on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 02:53:46 PM PST

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