Which word would best complete the last sentence of the passage provided?
More and more often we are hearing stories of people behaving badly around classic works of art. From tourists hopping barriers to take selfies with Italian statuary, to protestors gluing themselves to the paintings of Vermeer and DaVinci, to couples carving their initials into centuries-old architecture, it seems people have forgotten the decorum necessary to interact with art and to ensure it remains available for the enjoyment of generations to come. We all have a responsibility to care for the magnificent artwork created by artists over the centuries, and that means respecting and protecting it rather than ____ it in any way.
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