So those 'Proud Hindus' wailing & rending their garments at #NotreDame & vicariously jumping on nonsense-wagon of civilisational destruction, making stupid comparisons to 'Indian Culture'. Were you wailing & keening when your stormtroopers dismantled the Babri Mosque by hand?
— Priyamvada Gopal (@PriyamvadaGopal) April 17, 2019
This status represented my initial thoughts on Notre Dame. Not all monuments are equal and the Notre Dame has a place in the global imagination.
But the care and honour Europeans give to their old monuments is a sign of High Civilisation. The Rest of the world would do well to learn from it.
I remember when I was in the *other* Cambridge (the other side of the dorm); MIT was busy “redeveloping” it’s complex and was planning to pull down a 100 year old building. I never confirmed it and it was simply hearsay but I remember feeling distinctly violated when I heard that 10+ years ago. Even as a *youngish* lad I’ve had a certain reverence for history and continuity..
Also a few more thoughts specifically to Notre Dam – France announces architecture contest to rebuild Notre Dame spire
I’m very scared by these words because newer and “beautiful” doesn’t mean better. In fact I think there should be a moment of calm, an excavation of the ruins and actually assess the situation before jumping into create a perfect or more “modern” replica.
Sometimes there is a beauty in ruins (especially those sympathetically restored though the Dresden Cathedral is an excellent case of reconstruction) and it is always an indictment on France that this actually took place. France has not had a good decade, to paraphrase HM, the fire of Notre Dame is capping several years of Annus Horibilius.