10 Holy Bibles I Found Littered On The Ground
The Bible is the most common book in all of literature. (It is the most printed, the most sold, and the most translated book in the world.)
There is also a rumor that the Bible is the most shoplifted book in the world. (Which may seem hard to believe considering that "Thou Shalt Not Steal" is one of "The 10 Commandments".)
And based on my experience with picking up litter, I would say that the Bible is probably the most littered book in the world as well. (Which may seem hard to believe considering that throwing a "Holy Book" on the ground is considered "blasphemy" in many religions.)
Any time that I find a book littered on the ground, I will curiously look to see what book it is, and over the years of doing this I have still yet to find any other book more than once. (And not only is the Bible the most common book that I find, but even a lot of the small booklets, leaflets, and pamphlets that I find littered on the ground are "Biblical" ones with titles like "Not All Roads Lead to Heaven", "A Guide to the Afterlife", and "Jesus Wants to Be Your Friend".)
So why are there are so many Bibles and Bible themed pieces of literature littering the streets? Probably because people who are deeply religious will give them to people who aren't so religious in the hopes of converting them, and since not everyone wants these, combined with the fact that not everyone disposes of things that they don't want properly, a lot of Bibles and Bible handbooks ultimately end up as litter on the ground.
But the reason that I want to share this observation is because I want to encourage everyone (religious or not) to start viewing the act of throwing ANY litter on the ground as "blasphemy".
The dictionary definition of the word "blasphemy" is "The act of expressing disrespect or irreverence towards God or to something considered sacred."
If you believe in a God, please keep in mind that if you want to show your reverence and respect for a creator, the last thing that you should do is destroy what they have created.
If a large group of people got together and burned a bunch of "Elton John" albums, it would probably be safe to guess that they aren't "fans" of him or his music. And if we as a species are trashing the planet, driving the other species into extinction, and even endangering our own lives by poisoning the air, water, and soil that we need in order to breathe, drink, and eat, a God would probably view this behavior as strong evidence that we don't appreciate the gift of life that we have been given any more than a person appreciates the gift of a free Bible if they end up just throwing it on the ground.
A lot of religions teach that life is "sacred", and if that is what you believe, then please keep in mind that All life (at least that we know of) lives right here on planet Earth, and therefore any deliberate act of polluting the Earth (which is the home and sanctuary for all known life) would have to be considered an act of disrespect and irreverence towards something that you consider "sacred".
And for anyone who doesn't believe in a God, and who believes that we were "evolved" naturally through nature itself, by destroying nature we are not only forgetting where we came from, but seemingly unaware of where we will end up if we keep doing this.
Even if you are a staunch atheist, and you want to laugh whenever you meet a God fearing person who believes that "Hell" is a real place and who stands on the street corner passing our religious reading materials and preaching that we will be victims of "God's Wrath" if we don't change, "Nature's Wrath" is no joke, and if we continue to treat the Earth as if it were disposable, and act as if it was created just for us humans (and more specifically just for us humans who are alive today) the Earth will start to take on some of the same characteristics that the Bible and many other religious texts depict when describing "Hell".
But there is hope, and if we start having more reverence and respect for the Earth, we may just find that "Heaven on Earth" is not only possible, but that it is here NOW.
You have probably seen some stunning "before" and "after" nature photos where there will be a picture of a littered beach next to a picture of the same beach after some volunteers took the time to clean it up, and what these kinds of photos demonstrate is that a far more beautiful world already exists, but it is difficult to see and appreciate the beauty and the miracles around us when they are buried under a zillion pieces of litter.
I am on a "mission" to pick up a zillion pieces of litter. (Not because I want to "create" a better world, but because I want to help "reveal" a better world that has already been created.)