Cabecera. Bibliotecario. Por Edgardo Civallero
Critical notes

Humanizing libraries

Critical notes (13)


 

Let's face it: we live in increasingly dehumanized societies.

In them we have less and less time to behave as social beings. Or directly as human beings. And instead of doing something to solve the problem, we put patches that look like "creative solutions" to us.

We no longer have time to cut some lettuce leaves and prepare a healthy and well-cooked meal. The supermarket offers us a "salad" in a plastic tray. We no longer have time to get to know a person that interests us, to make love or to spend a life with her. But we have cell phones that allow us even "cyber-sex". We no longer have time to talk to people we are interested in, or whose projects we are interested in participating in, or whose views we are interested in discussing. But, yes, we have software that "connects" us.

We no longer have time to read, to learn, to study, so the Internet gives us everything done: chewed and pre-digested. We no longer have time to walk, to look around, to take some time for us. We have GoogleEarth to walk around our neighborhood, and gyms where we run on a machine half an hour so the heart will not forget how it was to speed up.

We do not have much time to be human anymore. And the system, attentive to everything, continues to turn us into amoebas that soon will not need to move from their seats. Because they will be "connected" to the world...

...and disconnected from themselves, perhaps?

In societies whose fabrics are being slowly torn apart like that, libraries actively work to reverse that trend. They try to build a community feeling, providing spaces where people can interact, and reminding those people that there are many reasons to do so...

...which maybe is not a very "trendy" kind of work to do nowadays. But it is an important one: a sort of rebellion against an unbalanced panorama. Yes: a rebellion. Because after all, as Argentinean writer Alejandro Dolina said once, "it is always advisable to drive through life in reverse, especially if one suspects who has put the traffic arrows."

 

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Text: Edgardo Civallero.

Picture: Flickr (link).

 


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