This piece could actually be thought of as a metaphorical speaking on human (being), the stains that become you, that are left behind and why damage can be an essential part of something beautiful in its truest sense. Shaping the truest form of beauty. In this day…this metaphor has been confused as being something attainable for most. Finding the beauty and truth in damage. Though for most, damage is simply solely that…damage. It is neither true, nor beautiful. It contains no inherent meaning. Neither to its owner, or in the stains it leaves behind. Only leaving a contaminated world, with ever growing confusion in its clouded wake. Damage is inevitable. Damage is change. Change is damage. This is ever clear from the synthesis of youth into adulthood. Change must happen. Damage must happen. It is what and how this damage is preserved and molded, that speaks to how much change will alter one’s existence or stain.
Perhaps on a minuscule scale…this is why the world has become inherently blackened and demoralized in a meaningless sense and text. Damage serves its purpose, only as far as one can erase or replace its stain…with the inherent meaning of a purpose not only for those who leave it, but for those who will encounter it…again and again throughout time and history. It is the constant encounter of the self, its damage and its essential need for self- preservation.
“Custodians and owners of old books will sometimes have to make tough decisions. They want their books to be used – why else would they have them? – yet they also want them to be preserved for the future as well. In the case of manuscripts and early printed books, the materials themselves are old and often fragile, and part of the textblock or binding may have come apart. While in most cases it would technically be possible to repair the damage, this is not always the best option for the book or the user. Instead, a conservation specialist may advise to simply box a book and not treat it at all, or propose minor treatment and consolidation only of the fragile state. Is that a result of sparse conservation budgets, or can there be other reasons?”
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