(Do you remember this series? If you don’t, keep in mind that these questions are both deep and theological in the same sense that the Sahara desert is a water-slide park.)
Deep Theological Question #6: Is it sinful to read a library book while you’re sick?
I’m not talking about sneezing on the pages — I just mean, to turn the pages with your germy fingers and breathe on it in the normal act of reading.
It occurred to me this weekend while just about everyone was down for the count that maybe reading a library book was the height of selfishness, although to be fair, the book was in use before I knew anyone was contagious.
The book has some time before it goes back. If I return it on Tuesday just before closing, it won’t be reshelved until Wednesday morning, meaning it’s unlikely that any germs should have survived. But I’m still uncomfortable with the idea of treating others to a version of the weekend we’ve just had.
(BTW, if anyone knows a good technique for sterilizing a hardback book with that plastic library-type cover on it, the comment box welcomes you and so do I.)