The water from our taps isn’t clean. So I try not to drink out of cups or eat off dishes still wet after washing. This morning I was rinsing out a coffee press and, rather than drying the press after cleaning, I opted to pour some of the water I’d just boiled over the top of it.
In an attempt to make sure I’d gotten all the surfaces of the press, I burned two of the fingers on my left hand.
As I was holding my hand under cold water, I found myself thinking about the discomfort. Is it always the case that purification is a painful process?