Saturday, November 12, 2005

feb 27, 1937. ayn rand :

Incidental question : a librarian writing about library building, insists that libraries must be made to look as accessible to the public as possible--to "bring the library nearer to the people." "Spacious and inviting entrances are placed at grade level, close to the public thoroughfare, with as few steps as possible between the pedestrian and the building."

This may be quite sound in relation to library architecture, but the question it raises, in a more general sense, is this : is it advisable to spread out all the conveniences of culture before people to whom a few steps up a stair to a library is a sufficient deterrent from reading?

i love that notion.
why do we try to force what we think is "good" and "advisable" down people's throats?
epitome : learn creative thinking.

regarding the library--
what of the disabled?
where is the line of "few steps" drawn?
should we be putting more steps in just to make sure the library only gets those earnest enough to scale the (literal) heights toward knowledge?

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