By Wilfred R. Bion
All My Sins Remembered is the continuation of Wilfred Bion's autobiography, The lengthy Week-end. even though it is in no way a whole account of his 30 years following the 1st international War--and he wrote no more--his thoughts of that interval distinction vividly with the effect we achieve of the subsequent thirty years of his lifestyles via his letters. "The different part of Genius" provides us a glimpse of this striking guy as his kinfolk knew him: those that met him simply via his specialist paintings will locate right here a similar attribute threads of humour, hindrance for fact, and flashes of perception that have been the hallmark of his paintings in psycho-analysis.
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Lt. Colonel Pearce had agreed to put u p with the consequences. He, like Rickman, Scott and myself, was an amateur medical soldier; he knew nothing about it but his badges of rank gave the impression that he did. I was still suffering from the DSO that had been inflicted, with my collusion, on me: the Senior Psychiatrist was suffering from having to appoint officers to the Shell-shock (as it was called) Hospital. None of us knew what shell-shock was or even if it existed outside the imagination of soldiers like me and Sergeant OToole who had to cope with the 'dumb insolence' of the little board-school slum-dweller, Allen, who had been considered to be just the stuff that heroes are made of, coming from a land fit to be loved by slum-dwellers who would want to die for it.
I felt like the Indian student who is said to have added to his list of achievements ‘Failed B. ’. ” Yet I knew there was a right answer, and that I did not know what it was. Do you mean you were unsure about its moral correctitude? What added to the difficulty of the problem was that there was no moral doubt about its moral correctitude, but none the less the answer was wrong. 51 per cent seems to be your chance of success. As a working indication it is not very helpful because it is not easy to distinguish between a score of 49 and one of 51.
So was my state of mind. The next morning was cool and fine. I stood outside my pub thinking of nothing in particular when ’he’ came along. He struck me as a pleasant and unassuming fellow as he came up and started a conversation. ’She’ arrived. As I write this account I am aware that it might be a confession made in the course of a police statement-I shall describe the crime later. ” she asked, surprised that they had not seen me earlier. I said I had stayed at what was alleged to be a smugglers’ inn, which I thought was less pretentious than the famous Star-”not so boarding-housey”, I said, remembering the days of suburban Make-Believe in Stoke Newington before the flames of World War Two had brought poverty and dignity to the Capital of the British Empire and the World.
All My Sins Remembered: Another Part of a Life and the Other Side of Genius - Family Letters by Wilfred R. Bion