I really want to be mean, and I've had my dinner, so what do I do?
The following has been edited because I'd probably get in shit for whining about it, even though i wasn't the one who destroyed someone else's property.
I'm a fairly tolerant . I'm good to people and in return, they usually repay the favour. So, at the place where I work, non-fiction books were the order of the day. Often, people only ever learned that non-fiction books are really dull biographies. Therefore, I take a few from my collection in to show people a variety. I take them the essay collections by Sarah Vowell. I've even taken in America: the Book
and The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster
to show them how history and philosophy can be played with.
Usually, some of these will be borrowed. I've never had any issues with that until now.
Eventually, I ask for the books I lent out to be returned. Five people have no problem with this. The sixth? The borrower promptly announces they (gender non-specific on purpose) "destroyed it" because it made this person "so angry" they "had to." I didn't even see it coming. Usually, I can pick them out a million miles away because we have so many of them where I work. This person is one of those "I'm a religious zealot intolerant of anything but my narrow view of the world that I will actively oppress anything that disagrees with me" types. What did this person do? Destroyed my copy of The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster
The worst part? There's nothing I can do as we've been told if we loan anything it's our problem if it gets destroyed. In other words, the person took the book only with the intention of destroying it
and there's not a damn thing I can do about it. I don't know if I'm angry I lost the book or that I totally got snowed by this allegedly pious piece of crap. Maybe it's because if there's one group I'm really irritated by more than anything, it is the religiously zealous.
My intolerance for the religiously intolerance: let me show you it.