|The moment the spire collapses while flames are burning the roof of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. |
Image: AG Photographs via Flickr
A wonderful icon has been largely destroyed by fire. However, we should not despair.
Part of the reason this loss is so upsetting is because we are immersed in a Western way of thinking that equates authenticity with preserving the original materials used to create an object or building.
But not all societies think like this. Some have quite different notions of what is authentic.
Iconic buildings such as the Catherine Palace in Russia and Japan’s historic monuments of Ancient Nara have been successfully restored, sometimes after great damage, and are today appreciated by millions of people.