David Berlinski, who lives down the street from Notre Dame, writes, “The
From Mark Steyn: “Twenty-four hours after Notre Dame de Paris began to burn, there is better news than we might have expected: More of the cathedral than appeared likely to has, in fact, survived intact – including the famous rose windows, among the most beautiful human creations I’ve ever seen.”
Mark Steyn sums up what it all really means:
Our Way Big Cool post-modern elite cannot keep the great achievements of their own civilization safe.
But—this is the part that concerns our Uncommon Descent readers more directly—as science falls more and more under the rule of the post-modern elite, expect similar, less dramatic – but just as significant – things.
Possibly, multi-mega-billion dollar projects that produce only modest rewards (son of Collider, anyone)? Disciplines wasted by identitarian politics, subtly encouraged from without and within, by essentially unqualified but approved people (medicine gets Woke, anyone?). Stay tuned. You ain’t seen nothin’ yet, we fear.
Paris Vows To Rebuild Notre Dame Despite Cosmic Absurdity Of Seeking Inherent Meaning In Fleeting Creations Of Man (The Onion)
Dennis Prager (an observant Jew) writes, “I don’t know if a
Daily Mail bullet points:
Condolences to the people of France and to lovers of great art everywhere. END
Arson suspected. – News, 17:28 EST Arson ruled out pending investigation (updated EST 17:29 PM EDT)
Blaze linked to renovations.
Nothing will remain
Background: The Spire of Notre Dame Tumbled Like a Spear Into the Heart of Something Timeless
Background: Why arson was suspected: Vandals and arsonists have targeted French churches in a wave of attacks that has lasted nearly two months.
More than 10 churches have been hit since the beginning of February, with some set on fire while others were severely desecrated or damaged.
St. Sulpice, the second-largest church in Paris, after Notre Dame Cathedral, had the large wooden door on its southern transept set ablaze March 17. (Crux)
CATHOLIC CHURCHES ARE BEING DESECRATED ACROSS FRANCE—AND OFFICIALS DON’T KNOW WHY (Newsweek)
Notre Dame (no surprise given its prominence) has been targeted in the recent past:
No surprise, the Cathedral has been targeted before: France jails ‘jihadist’ woman (22) accused over foiled terror attack in Paris
“ONE OF THREE women allegedly involved in a foiled plot in 2016 to blow up a car packed with gas canisters near the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris was today sentenced to eight years in prison by a French court for earlier
Current reported state of damage: The French leader credited the “courage” and “great professionalism” of firefighters with sparing Notre Dame’s facade and two landmark towers from being destroyed.
From Popular M
A firefighter’s view of why these buildings are hard to save.
Works of art feared lost have been saved (scroll down)
A week ago, Notre Dame statues were airborne.