OLD BOOKS ARE DANGEROUS?
It was November 29, 2011, Tuesday, around quarter to nine, I was in the Department of Languages, looking out of the window, when I saw a youth pulling a wheelbarrow. I looked intently at its content and I saw they were books. I knew what’s going on! The library was once again throwing away old books which it labeled as “condemned”. CONDEMNED! What a description?! The books were condemned in such a way that they would be discarded and burned without the knowledge of many students and faculty of the school. Why is this? I really wondered what is the reason or reasons for this decision and action. According to one of my friends and classmates in college, the books are burned because they are old and the knowledge they contain are already obsolete. Therefore it is dangerous to give them to teachers and students because the knowledge they will acquire from reading the books are not anymore reliable and accurate in the present time. Is this indeed true? Or judicious? Do old books really contain obsolete information that offering them to anyone is perilous?
There are fields of discipline in this world which knowledge seldom change or don’t change at all. Say for instance, literature and history. The stories found in literature books are never changed especially if they are already classical. So is it dangerous to offer old books in literature? Do Shakespeare’s sonnets change with time? Do Iliad and Odyssey get new as trends and technology do? They don’t! and that is very obvious. Now why don’t they (those who decide to discard and burn the books secretly) let those books in literature to be used by poor students who cannot afford to buy books due to severe poverty yet have the enthusiasm to be intelligent and competitive?
Also do with history books. Does it mean that since we are already in the twenty-first century, history books that are written in the twentieth century not advisable to be used and be read by students? Why? Do the events...
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