The big news yesterday, and today, and probably for the foreseeable future, is how the Notre Dame spire burned yesterday. It was a culturally significant building so a lot of people are quite upset about it. I’d be upset too if something comparable in my life went up in flames. I’m fine with that part.
What I’m not fine with is a few absurdly rich people donating hundreds of millions of dollars to help cover the cost of the reconstruction of the building. Hundreds of millions of dollars — let that sink in. That’s the annual budget of a lot of countries, and a few obscenely rich people who have that money sitting around want to rebuild an old building with it. Never mind that the human race is totally fucked on countless fronts and that money could do immeasurable good, fighting pollution, inequality, corruption — things that actually affect 99% of the population.
Nope, that stuff is not as important as a building.
I think that is a profoundly sad statement on what some very wealthy people, and probably a lot of people in general, value.
Additionally, a big reason why the building was so significant was that its age: it was hundreds of years old. But it’s gone now, and you can’t just resurrect it and its history with a new one that looks the same. It’s gone and can never return so live and let die, I say.
But this is going to be all we hear about for the next several days on the news. I hate when big events like this occur and the news just loops the same bullshit 24 hrs a day about it. Yeah yeah, Notre Dame burned, got it. You don’t need to tell me twice. Same with all the other big news stories — plane crashes, earthquakes, gunman attacks church, etc. I don’t read rehashed versions of all the small news stories so why would I do so with big ones? I don’t even care much about these things in the first place. I think there are much bigger stories that the news barely covers, if at all. But I guess that’s because I’m a minority who cares deeply about boring, unsexy news items that don’t sell well.