I'm revising my book. I'm wondering a little over this passage, where I'm writing about the concept of mortification:
"On the other hand, our culture can often be
quite fascinated by mortification. This displays itself in surprising
way. Reader, have you ever experienced a lengthy power cut? If you have, the
chances are that you have rather fond memories of it. When the electricity
fails, people are thrown onto their own imaginations; telling stories, playing
charades, making shadow puppets on the wall by the light of a candle. It may
seem a trivial example, but it shows how a deprivation can actually enrich us."
I don't know what people will make of this. My own experience of power cuts, growing up, were interruptions in electricity that usually lasted a few hours. But in America, as I witnessed in my time there, power cuts can commonly last days. Maybe my nostalgic memory of power cuts are unusual.
Is this a stupid comparison?