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Chapter 26: Innocence: The Natural Outlaw

They will not be able to pass the bill. The religion is enforcing the law that young people, unmarried, should go on committing crime. Or they have to repress their sex, they have to repress their nature, and that repression begins to create perversions - because nature knows nothing of your strange ideas about morality. Nature is absolutely amoral. Nature will go on forcing young people to be attracted to each other. It is beyond them it is in their chemistry, in their physiology, in their hormones; what can they do?

Now they are in a fix: if they follow nature then there is trouble. The girl may get pregnant; they may be caught, condemned by everybody - by the church, by the society, by the state. They will lose all respect. Or they have to find ways, which are going to be illegal, to acquire contraceptives.

I used to live for a time by the side of a cinema hall. Having nothing to do I used to sit on my balcony and watch the crowd, all kinds of people, going into the cinema hall, coming out. One day I saw a small child, not more than eight or nine years old, with a mustache. I wondered what happened? I came down from my balcony and followed the child. He, seeing me following him, started almost running. I said, “Don’t be afraid. I am not going to harm you or do anything.”

He said, “Just don’t tell anybody.”

I said, “But I don’t know you.”

He said, “You know me, but because of my mustache you cannot recognize me.” Then I looked: he was the son of a doctor I knew perfectly well. I said, “Yes, I know you.”

He said, “Please don’t tell my father.”

“But,” I said, “what has this to do with your mustache?”

He said, “The mustache is because only adults can go to see this picture.”

So I said, “You think that you will be able to deceive people?”

He said, “Think? - I have already been three times. This is the fourth time.”

Now you are forcing this small child into corruption. If the film is such that a child should not see it, then nobody should see it, then this film should not exist. But if adults can see it, then the child has every right, because he is going to become an adult sooner or later. It is better to be acquainted with reality from the very beginning; he should not be prohibited. And anyway he is finding a way to see it; he has already seen it four times.

If it were not prohibited, perhaps he might have seen it one time, or might not even have bothered to see it - because he didn’t see every film that came there. I asked him, “You see every film four times?”

He said, “No, I don’t see every film, but because it was prohibited I had to see it.”

I said, “How did you manage the money? - because I know your father: he won’t give you a single pai to see any film, to say nothing about this one.”

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