Interesting thoughts and something I also find myself thinking from time to time. I love books, and I buy them. Of course, the amount of books I obtain is a drop in an ocean when it comes to the industry. Still I think it is good to be conscious of the decisions one makes and we can't expect others to make the changes we'd like to see in the world.Jiva wrote:I was thinking about Heith’s blog article regarding gardening etc. and the tension of imposing oneself upon nature when I was reading something completely disconnected from Old Norse mythology that happened to mention that the English word “book” derives from the Germanic root "*bōk-" and is a cognate with "beech”. This made me think of rune workings, particularly because runes etched on beech trees are recorded as having been shaved and mixed into drinks in Sigrdrífumál, but also because this involved cutting off part of a tree or even destroying the whole tree itself. In other words, there is an exchange between damaging or killing a tree in order to affect something magically.
In a modern context this could of course be expanded to the industry of bookmaking, where entire forests are decimated for the sake of knowledge (even if much is re-planted). Therefore, is there also a responsibility to buy digital books whenever possible, to only purchase books if they will be immediately read, to plant trees as a compensation etc.?
I plant trees. Just recently a patch of land was de-forested next to my house. As I have been gardening and have been forced to remove shoots of spruce, I've put these to grow in jars and will plant them in the de-forested area. I am also going to gather pinecones etc and leave them in the area in hopes that some might survive. Of course, my tree planting is random and not even a drop in the ocean of the forestry industry, but I find it a important and interesting task, as then I can observe which trees manage to grow and learn from these experiences.
I didn't know about this root for the word "book", but I'll check with my bookbinding teacher, perhaps he has knowledge of techniques that were used. At least wikipedia tells us that "Beech wood tablets were a common writing material in Germanic societies before the development of paper".
As a sidenote Jiva, I notice I try not to read your posts too much as of late because it distracts me from staying in topic regarding my article writing I keep getting unrelated ideas, or want to expand the topic of my research making this a never ending project...!