lunes, 19 de agosto de 2013

The obsolescence of libraries and the elders

In the last thirty years is occurring human libraries genocide, because the wisdom of the elders lost value.

In some villages people say "When an old man dies, a library vanishes."

In a way it is an apt metaphor for the elderly memoriosos know much of what happened to them. We can all remember enough of our biography, the interesting thing is that some of our biography can serve someone else, especially considering that the ages (historical contexts), sometimes change and the obsolescence of the knowledge can be so high that none of them remain in force.

When the time in which we are living cultural changes occur, technological, philosophical, political, social, empirical knowledge we have become mostly elderly obsolete.

Books and libraries are repositories of static, inert, fossilized. They are worthy of love and memory, but only when that love is not what we used to think that nothing changes, everything stays the same, that our parents age, we continue to have the same opportunities for youth and new technologies can only come to help, without blowing up our position.

In times of change the life of books is getting shorter. Similar to how we take care not to ingest food medicines or "losers" because they could intoxicate, something similar happens with books: we continue to believe that a book always contains wisdom when it actually contains criteria are outmoded, outdated, invalid.

The word genocide is too tragic, but use it with caution if we can say that the changes in the last thirty years have led to genocide human library, because what these elders know lost value.

If we assume the elderly and refrain from comment, perhaps we are saved.

Note: Original in Spanish (without translation by Google): La obsolescencia de las bibliotecas y de los ancianos.
(Este es el Artículo Nº 1.995)

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