Uniquely united in the wake of the burning of Notre Dame

United. For the first time in a long time. A community united over something which wasn’t an intentional attack upon them.

In the wake of the burning of the Notre Dame cathedral, it occurred to me that the sadness shared by us all in response to this incident is completely different to anything we as a society have seen in a long time. In the past, when people have united like this, it’s been because of something a very bad person has done, and yet in the case of Notre Dame, it’s because a building which has seen it all and is loved by all has suffered a horrific fate.

This caused me to do some thinking about if there had even been a point in my lifetime where the world had united this uniquely, and eventually conceded that this is likely to be the first time in my life where, as stated previously, the world has united in this way due to something that wasn’t done in a deliberate act of evil.

It’s poignantly beautiful to see that the world is capable of uniting in such a way, and such a shame that it takes things like this for us all to be on the same page.

5 thoughts on “Uniquely united in the wake of the burning of Notre Dame”

      1. Hi Trish,

        If the restoration means a lot to you, then you could definitely donate to it, however, it has plenty enough funding already, so I’d recommend you go to the link below to find a charity which best aligns with the things that matter to you.

        https://www.changepath.com.au/guide.php

        Have a great day!

        Hugo

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    1. Hi John! Great question. In my view, the Australian Government itself should not make a financial contribution to the restoration of Notre Dame, considering the following:

      1) Two European billionaires have already contributed a combined 300 million euros to the restoration fund.

      2) The Catholic Church is one of the world’s wealthiest organisations, so it should have no issue with providing funding to restore this iconic piece of history

      3) There are better causes WITHIN Australia which the government could be putting money towards to benefit people within our country. Imagine the difference it could make if the government chose to put 50 million dollars towards helping our homeless and impoverished, rather than donating it to a building where more than enough opportunity for funding already exists.

      As for the idea of setting up a fund with tax-deductible status, for individuals to donate to if they so choose. I think that would be a great idea, but I don’t really think that this money would go too far considering the other funding sources that exist, but if people want to make that contribution then I think that they should absolutely be able to do so.

      Of course, if the circumstances were different, and the building was in a country with a country where there was no support for it, and it wasn’t backed up by the Catholic Church, then yes, in that case, I think the government should provide support. However, in this case, it has plenty enough support.

      Thanks for your comment, I hope this helps, and I’d love to know what you think!

      Hugo.

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