It is usually said that time is the best healer and that things fall in place with the passage of time. It is also said that we are so deeply attached to our culture and tradition that it gets very difficult to shake them off at a moment’s notice. Sometimes, even a lifetime is not enough. Keeping that in mind, the recent disaster in France which signified the end of an era is nothing short of a cultural disaster. Everything can be remade, everything can be achieved with the latest developments in each and every field, but what can never be recreated are the emotions of the people that are attached to the famous Notre Dame.
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The city of France woke up to a heinous fire which had brought down the cathedral Notre Dame on Monday. Even though the situation had been taken care of by the extremely skilled workmen, the spire of the cathedral could not be saved and it collapsed. With that collapse, collapsed the emotions and the traditional attachments that the people of France had, with the 856 year old building.
The world may be looking into the factors related to what may have caused the fire which brought down a medieval building, but there is another question which is burning like fire in our minds. Can the Notre Dame ever be rebuilt? Well, in black and white and without attaching a lot of emotions to it, anyone can say that even if it takes ages, the Notre Dame can be rebuilt. But what about now? What about those people who probably will not
live as long as a ‘lifetime’ in which there will be a second Notre Dame.
It is true that cracks in a relationship are not easily healed. The same goes for the Notre Dame as well. The fire has burnt the minds of the people to an irrevocable extent. Even if Paris builds the cathedral again, the emotions will hardly be the same. The faith attached to it will be intact, religion would still follow its course, but Notre Dame will cease to be the same. Even if the iconic structure is rebuilt in the very same way, we doubt if it will still evoke similar emotions within the people, it probably will not rekindle the same fire. Such was the aura of the Notre Dame.
The inferno did cause a lot of damage indeed but the firemen saved the crown of thorns worn by Jesus on the cross was one of the most precious historical things which were saved in the fire. However, a part of everyone in France burned with the burning of the spire, a part which has been turned to ashes and will not rise like a phoenix.
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No matter how many kind hearts come together for a donation or how many skilled hands work on the damaged part of the building, this is one case where history will never be repeated, at least emotionally. Structurally it may be rebuilt, but the cultural and traditional values will hardly be the same.
This is one of those harsh examples against the saying, “Whatever happens, happens for the best.” Some things take place to damage and only to damage everything, without any chance of resurrection.