It was shocking and sad to see that great beautiful building burn, but anything mankind can build, mankind’s grandchildren can rebuild.
Most importantly for France, I think, the Notre Dame in flames is a depressing symbol of their once-greatness now slipping fast through their fingers. But perhaps Europe needs more burning symbols of lost greatness.
Greatness must be deserved, fought for, won. The Notre Dame was not built by the French of today, just as very little in England (and Germany) was built up by the current generations who are (especially in England’s case) throwing everything their grandparents accomplished out the window.
You can’t rest on your laurels forever, and you can’t rest n your grandfather’s laurels while at the same time shitting on them. You have to do something to deserve the heritage you are living in now. Europe is in a downward spiral and is in denial about it.
Wake up. Stop complaining and start doing. Go put and invent the next Internet. Stop pointing a finger at America and Trump and do something politically you can be proud of and that the world can learn from.
While your parents with their millions and the state you hate so much are rebuilding the Notre Dame, why don’t you go out and build your own Notre Dame – not a building but an artwork, an idea, a movement, an accomplishment – one that everyone around the world will look on in wonder and admiration, one that will fill your people, be they French, English or German or whatever, with the same sense of pride that old beautiful building does for the French.
Eric T. Hansen is American author, journalist and satirist, who lives in Germany and today in Berlin for over 20 years. His books: Planet Germany. Eine Expedition in die Heimat des Hawaii-Toasts) oder Die ängstliche Supermacht: Warum Deutschland endlich erwachsen werden muss. Eric T. Hansen The Hula Ink Blog.
Here also in German: Wo ist Dein Notre Dame, das Du bauen solltest?