I don’t mean to sound uptight all the time, but you know something? I really can’t stand the behaviour… or rather misbehaviour of some people. I’m not exactly an angel or a saint and therefore, my patience and my generosity does have bounds.
You see… I’m an avid reader. You know… I read those printed rectangular thing… they’re commonly known to the world as books. I read an average of 10 books per week and my books are my treasure. They are very dear to me.
I like lending my books to people, especially to bookworms who knows how to appreciate what’s inside the book. I’m fine with lending books to people as long as they return it to me when they have finished reading or reviewing it.
But what I do not like is when people do not make an effort to return what is mine.Wait… ‘do not like’ is too mild of a description. Loathe and despise is a much more accurate description of how I usually feel when people made no effort to return what actually belongs to me.
Just yesterday, I have the urge to read one of my Enid Blyton book. It’s a classic and no longer in print. In other words, it’s a rare book. Very rare book. A collector’s item.
I remember that a friend has borrowed it quite some time ago. I’ve double checked in my personal library, and I was right, it’s not where it’s supposed to be and so I contacted this friend of mine and ask her to return it to me at the earliest convenience. I expected that my friend is done with the said book, considering that it’s been ages. But much to my chagrin, my friend made no effort to return it to me. I am not sure if she’s lost it or the book is no longer in good condition, but she kept delaying and giving me all sort of excuse…busy and no time and stuff. It made me wonder if my friend is really busy or just giving me excuse. 🙁
I really want my book back since I can no longer buy it from the bookstores as it’s no longer in print. I hope my friend would be compassionate enough to return the book to me, and if she had lost it, or the book is no longer in a good condition, I can still forgive her as long as she’s honest with me and I can take it as my misfortune.
I am not exactly a monster. Honesty is the best policy. I can tolerate honesty. If you’ve lost it, then just say it. And if it’s spoiled, you can be frank with me and we can arrange some sort of compensation. I can tolerate honesty. I’m not that childish or immature. What I cannot tolerate is people who do so many things to escape from being responsible and pretends as if nothing is going on. 🙁
I’m very disappointed. People may call me calculative, but it is my right to ask people to return what actually belongs to me. I may be able to forget it if it’s still obtainable in the nearest bookstore, but it is no longer in print. What else am I supposed to do? Dig the author’s grave and ask the author to write that particular book for me? Not quite practical or possible, since I’m not a necromancer.
Cleffairy: Isn’t it easier to be honest and be responsible than to lie, cheat and not admitting that you’re in the wrong? What good does it do to push the blame to others? Some people simply have no conscience and courtesy. If adults behaves this way, then how do we expect our children to be responsible for their own action? Or the future generation would be filled will people who have no moral?