Notre-Dame

I’m heartbroken.

 

No, I’ve never visited Notre-Dame. It’s always been on my list, but I’ve never been to France yet, despite multiple trips to Europe. It was one of those things, like Rome or Athens, that would simply always be there, when I got around to visiting.

 

Now it will never be the same. The century of art, architecture, the power of millions of people praying in that sacred space. Burned away in a few short, horrible hours.

 

I’m not Catholic and have never been so, but I admire the exquisite art and architecture of their churches and cathedrals. While it looks like many artifacts were saved, the stained glass window and soaring buttresses are now crumbling dust.

 

Even those treasures of humanity that are well-protected and well-cared for can be destroyed in a careless moment. This looks to have been an accident. But other incidents – like the defiling of standing stones or ancient churches – are more deliberate.

 

Why destroy the sacred? Why kill beauty? What is the thought process from making the world an uglier, plainer place?

 

How can we, as humans, be capable of creating such breathtaking beauty, such wondrous monuments, and then destroy them in a fit of pique or carelessness?

 

https://heavy.com/news/2019/04/fire-notre-dame-video/

 

https://www.msnbc.com/velshi-ruhle/watch/witness-reacts-as-steeple-of-notre-dame-cathedral-collapses-1494040131742

Celtic Fairies, Fables, and Folklore! Bestselling author (top #100 Amazon Canada, #1 in Paranormal Fantasy, Amazon Canada) Christy Nicholas, also known as Green Dragon, is an author, artist and accountant. After she failed to become an airline pilot, she quit her ceaseless pursuit of careers that begin with 'A', and decided to concentrate on her writing. Since she has Project Completion Disorder, she is one of the few authors with NO unfinished novels. Christy has her hands in many crafts, including digital art, beaded jewelry, writing, and photography. In real life, she's a CPA, but having grown up with art all around her (her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother are/were all artists), it sort of infected her, as it were. She wants to expose the incredible beauty in this world, hidden beneath the everyday grime of familiarity and habit, and share it with others. She uses characters out of time and places infused with magic and myth. Combine this love of beauty with a bit of financial sense and you get an art business. She does local art and craft shows, as well as sending her art to various science fiction conventions throughout the country and abroad. Facebook: www.facebook.com/greendragonauthor Homepage: www.greendragonartist.com Blog: www.greendragonartist.net Twitter: www.twitter.com/greendragon9

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One comment on “Notre-Dame
  1. Judith Klein says:

    Good questions at the end of your piece. The abilities to create and destroy seem to be what we do best.

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