It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas argument seasonIt will come as no surprise that Miss Information finds the holiday season annoying. It is worse this year because she has spent the pre-Christmas weeks writing a jolly, festive essay about utilitarianism.
Yesterday a woman came in to the library. She was not happy. Join the club, lady. Try spending the holiday season with Jeremy Bentham. She wanted to take one of the seven day loan books. It was due, unsurprisingly in seven days. The woman was not having any of this. Surely it should be due in eight days on December 29. The library wouldn’t be open after all on December 28, so how could the book be due? December 28 is a holiday, you know. Except it isn’t. The library is open as usual on December 28. The woman argued. Of course the library isn’t open. December 28 is a holiday—a statutory holiday. Banks aren’t open. Beer stores aren't open. Nothing is open. Except the library. Miss Information promises. The library is open. So, really, you know, people should pop in, visit, return their seven day loan books, surf for porn and argue with Miss Information.
Not this woman. She wasn't coming to the library because it’s a damn holiday and nothing is open.
The library. The library is open. Miss Information swears the library is going to be open. She will be here at the desk, spending the day arguing with people about whether or not the library is open. So just a normal day then.
Miss Information can’t help but wonder whether these sorts of conversations are helping her achieve the good life that JS Mill wants her to have. He would really be disappointed in her.