Tragic Symbolism

The Notre Dame cathedral has burned down! What an absolute tragedy.

I spent the whole day analyzing poetry, so I feel justified in pointing out the symbolism of one of the central images of European Christianity being destroyed in the aftermath of Christianity dying in Europe. (There is a million links on what’s happening with cathedrals in France. Please look them up before contradicting).

The newscaster is crying on TV and can’t finish the segment. I don’t blame her. I’d blame her if she didn’t because people who aren’t hurt by this are not really alive.

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18 thoughts on “Tragic Symbolism”

  1. Reply to Tragic Symbolism

    Based upon my personal experience with Christianity, I am very happy to have witnessed the collapse of Christianity in Europe. Paradoxically, I am sad about the tragic burning of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. A friend of mine who is a mediævalist says that it has burned before, and much of it is not original.

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    1. I once had a really bad camping trip, so I’m very excited about the planet dying as a result of global warming. Finally, none of those nasty mosquitoes and annoying frogs!

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      1. I once had a really bad camping trip…

        This does not make sense to me. A more meaningful analogy would be, e. g., “I am glad that Bubonic Plague is not the threat to humans that it was centuries ago. so…”

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        1. Let’s not argue about analogies with a literature professor. 🙂

          You quoted a bad personal experience, and so did I. Neither of us has experience with bubonic plague, so this can’t possibly be a meaningful analogy to what you said.

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  2. Reply to Tragic Symbolism:

    Based on my own experience with Christianity, I am happy to have witnessed the collapse of Christianity in Europe. Perhaps paradoxically, I agree that the burning of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris is a tragedy. A friend of mine who is a mediævalist says it has burned numerous times before, and much of the original artwork is gone.

    Again, my apologies for not remembering to put in my personal info when I posted a prior version of this. It is now necessary do redo this with each new comment post.

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  3. I’m glad nobody died, and I’m glad most of the artwork/statues/etc had been taken out a few days before, and that we have the cathedral laser mapped to the milimeter, so if we veer from what was previously there when rebuilding, it’ll be intentional . I am not worried about it not being rebuilt, as much as I can’t take the horrifying image of the collapsing spire out of my head.

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  4. I’m evil. Cathedrals burn and this can be rebuilt, as Stille said. In a practical sense was much more disturbed by the recent burning of the Brazilian national library since much went that cannot be recreated.

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    1. I was too – the Brazil fire destroyed countless irreplaceable historical artifacts. However, I’ve never even been in the same hemisphere as Brazil, so then, I mourned for humanity – here I find myself trying to remember if I ever saw it on a clear dusk such as this (I haven’t). I can’t remember the inside – I can remember the rose window, so I definitely was inside, but not anything else.

      The French firefighters just said the structure is safe, which is very good news – the renovations were supposed to fix structural damage.

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    2. I think you guys are just trying to be cool and contrarian. It’s not possible for a Western person of even a minimal culture not to be wounded by these images.

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      1. I am wounded. I am also trying to stay cool (not contrarian though). It’s a different issue altogether but I am very frightened for my country these days, and the way this bleeds through in my behaviour in times like these is by focusing on how harm can be mitigated. I can grieve but I don’t have the resources in me to indulge in a sense of doom. I feel I wouldn’t get out of bed anymore if I did.

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      2. I know it is supposed to be more important to me than other places, but honestly I don’t have the visceral connection to this cathedral some people seem to have. I felt more wounded personally by the destruction wrought at Joshua Tree during Trumpy’s government shutdown, and it’s a fact. Not that I do not understand this was an important artifact that a lot of people seem to have a major personal connection to, I do; I just seem to have been more upset at the loss of some different artifacts.

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  5. It’s the modern-day developers working alongside underground operatives.
    Covertly, they’re clearing out space to build a myriad of multi-story condominiums and shopping centers.
    Gentrification!! To hell with long-standing historical structures and whatever legacies they may convey!! These are modern times, calling for a revamp of civilization—including the physical and structural rebuilding of our cities and towns!!
    Once destroyed a private financial outfit will buy up the property from the French government, then put it on hold for the highest bidder.
    Once again, the “mercenary-minded” win.

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  6. This is awful. Just to see an ancient beautiful piece of architecture with such history behind it wrecked like that; it’s such a waste. I’ve been out all day, and unable to check the news. This is incredibly sad.

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