15 april 2019. Whole world is witnessing live burning of grand Notre Dame. Thanks to our great fast way of living we’re watching youtube streams of live fire, French Notre Dame is top trend on every social media and humanity is watching major cultural tressure fall apart right in front of our eyes. Everything happens so quickly.
By now you might not even remember something like that happened just one week ago as so many other stuff had happened since then.
But in that moment we were all struck by videos and photographs of Notre Dames towers breaking down and fire going up to the sky.
Couple of hours later and the mood switched drastically from shock and sadness to anger and suddenly no matter what you did you were wrong.
The world’s opinion divided into 2 groups.
First one was mourning the lost of an art. Second one was upset with people mourning the lost of a building.
All of the sudden we had more groups and even more ridiculous opinions.
- You are shallow if you feel bad for the building.
- Why don’t you focus on real issues?
- It’s just a building.
- Everyone is and architecture fanatic.
- You’re an attention seeker if you share burning Notre Dame on your socials.
- What about the nature?
- Donate money to help rebuilding the historical landmark.
- Don’t donate the money.
- Donate money somewhere else.
- Do what you want with your money.
- Why didn’t you gave away those money before?
- Billionaires shouldn’t spend their money on Notre Dame.
- Billionaires needs to donate money on climate changes instead.
- French doesn’t need the donations anyway.
- Here is my photo from holiday in France.
- How dare you share your photo from Notre Dame now.
- There are people dying and you care about a building.
- It’s a terrible loss.
- Everything is terrible.
By the end of the day everyone was just talking shit about everything.
I just love this about the human nature. No matter what’s going on there is still someone somewhere who will tell you how horribly wrong you are on the internet.
Don’t get me wrong I truly think it’s incredible how passionate humans can get once they set their mind to it.
It’s fascinating what kind of vivid discussion one burning cathedral brought.
Notre Dames fire become grand shitstorm of opinions and I’m purposely writing about this so late after the events. We all had time to calm down. The last couple of days have been rough and in times like this I always think about the tv show called “The good place”
It’s a Netflix show starting Kristen Bell. The basic theme of the series is the concept of heaven and hell or in other words the good place and the bad place. Our actions makes us good or bad.
It turned out that it become so much harder (to be fair impossible) for people this days to be “good”.
All because of unintentional consequences of our actions.
For example you buy a shirt. That shirt could have been made by child labour, under paid jobs or in dangerous work environment, it contributes to world pollution, climate change and so on. AKA you’re a horrible person.
Or in this particular case. You’re a billionaire who decided to donate bunch of money to rebuild old architecture structure but people are upset with you because you didn’t donate those money on some other causes. AKA you’re horrible person.
So there is moral dilemma in this Notre Dame drama.
- Sure people with money are free to do whatever they want with their money.
- Sure it would be great if they could spend them on good causes.
- Sure Notre Dame catastrophe is heartbreaking.
- Sure there are bigger and more horrifying issues going on.
But most importantly:
Are you the one to judge ?
It’s incredible how angry everyone got.
Angry is good. Angry gets shit done. – American gods
But aren’t you tired of being so angry all the time?
Now for a bit of a personal point of view:
I’ve been to Paris and the mentioned building three times already. I enjoy art and literature and I never expected to be this affected by Notre Dames collapsing. Each time I was there I was walking the halls alongside with hundreds of tourists.
Can you even imagine how many people have visited Notre Dame and how personal the destruction become?
People know it. It’s familiar. Everyone suddenly remembers the chilling almost holly feeling they felt when they stepped in. I surely did. That’s why I was truly sadden when I saw that video of falling tower while by standing people sang Ave Maria. I realized no one ever is going to see what I saw because it’s up in the flames.
I never associate Notre Dame with church. Yes of course Christians performs masses in there as well but I always thought about it as an art muse for writers, poets, painters…
Ironically it pleases me that the catastrophe brought attention to Victor Hugos book.
It pleases me people get so passionate and are willing to fight for their believes.
I’m glad there is enough money to repair the damages.
Of course I would be thrilled if we could as easily find money to save the world as well.
The road the fire took in the media and the drama that launched because of it is not really surprising if you remember how much we all love good drama and being right.