Human life is reduced to real suffering, to hell, only when two ages, two cultures and religions overlap.
Deep unspeakable suffering may well be called a baptism, a regeneration, the initiation into a new state.
At sixteen the adolescent knows what it is to suffer, for he has himself suffered. But he hardly knows that other beings suffer too.[A seize ans l’adolescent sait ce que c’est que souffrir; car il a souffert lui-même; mais à peine sait-il que d’autres êtres souffrent aussi.]