Have you ever witnessed something so adverse, exasperating, and incomprehensible that the motive is beyond understanding? A month or so ago I had the displeasure of watching the worst kind of book blasphemy. This is that story.
I am seething with chagrin and absolute horror at the tragedy I have witnessed. I instantly knew that this would be something I would have to write about; however, I have been struggling to find the proper words to express my feelings. I had the displeasure of witnessing the worst kind of book blasphemy and waste I have ever observed in my life. The day began as fairly normal with my loud blaring alarm waking me up at 5am to let me know it was time to once again to face the world despite the fact the sun remained happily asleep. I responded with a few curse words and got ready for the day hating life as I went because it was WAY too early!
I usually do not begin to like the world until I have had coffee and time to comprehend that I am awake. I am not and never will be a morning person. By the time I arrived to work I was my happy, cheerful self. The cold morning walk to work and a cup of coffee usually does the trick. At this point my day is now good. I have coffee and am in the office with the heater going. My Co-workers and I are having a great morning at our desks despite how hectic and busy the day already is.
This is when the unthinkable happens.
In order to explain properly, I have to share how the office is designed. My desk and another desk are placed right in front of a huge window I like to call the fish bowl. It is the type of window that you can see out of but not into.. This window offers a good view of the parking lot, office buildings, and a dumpster area. On the morning of the tragedy there was a man emptying one of the upstairs offices. I am not sure the story behind this. I do not know if the man was moving out and clearing his office or if he was moving in. He could have easily been clearing out what someone else had left behind. I think the latter is more likely based on the fact he was either throwing away stuff in our office dumpster or placing items in a big dumpster rental that he had brought.
This does not sound all that extraordinary or unusual except for the fact he was literally throwing away big bins full of books! I mean boxes of boxes of perfectly good books! We were all quite horrified by this. How could he! What on earth is this man thinking?
The amount of books thrown away filled a significant bottom half of the dumpster. These books were not only modern, popular, and interesting reads but in excellent condition. There were several copies of The Hunger Game and Divergent series. A few of them were special editions! It is unfortunate that only a handful could be saved and were not ruined.
The whole situation saddened and disgusted me. There is so much the person could have done with these books. They could have donated them to those who have a need for books such as libraries, schools, and charities. There is so many people in this world that would appreciate and value the books how they were meant to be. He could have even held a book garage sale and sold them cheaply for a few bucks. It is a tragic thing that anyone would ever think that throwing away perfectly good books is reasonable, morale, and acceptable. I assure you it is not!
What are your thoughts fellow book lovers?
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