Monday, August 20, 2007

Preserving the past for the future

It has been said that the faintest ink is stronger than the sharpest memory. There’s truth to this because memories fail but the printed pages live on to preserve a country’s history, tradition, culture, legends and stories.
In between these bound collections of paper are volumes of precious history that will tell the world who and what Palau was in the past. Books may seem to us as lumps of lifeless paper, but poured into each page are timeless records of happenings and observations that will open new worlds for the future.
Books, postcards, guidebooks and other printed materials serve as the preservers of history that can be handed from one generation to the next. One day into the future, your seven-year old great grandchild will open a dog-eared volume of history book and will get first-hand information on how today’s generation lived.
Palau has its share of a wide variety of books. An example of a cookbook depicting local food is the Taste of the Rainbow’s End by Tova Harrel Bornovsky. Then there are books about public service like From the Grassroots by former president Kuniwo Nakamura, books about birds and bats, sea and marine life, and other forms of nature like the ones by Mandy Etpison, and other books about legends and stories, guides and maps that will quench the thirst for knowledge. There are also books of Palau depicting wonderful photographs that will lure tourists somewhere to come and take a look at the place. These books and other printed matters are valuable assets to the country. Take good care of these and help preserve the past for the future.

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