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You don't need give disclaimers about your opinions on Catholicism to express sadness at the extensive damage to a world famous piece of heritage and culture.

You also don't need to be an asshole, so if you have nothing good to say on the matter, you should consider remaining silent.

@InvaderXan Fortunately for me, I'm not following anyone who does that or boosts someone doing that. I rarely look at the federated timeline, so that helps hugely.

The cathedral is a 1200 year-old icon of human history and achievement, and will be mourned. Its loss reminds us of the transitory nature of existence.

@leadore
It’s one of the few universal truths of existence that nothing lasts forever. But in some ways, that’s not a bad thing.

Old buildings like this one took generations to build. They flow with time and evolve. That changes them, of course, but maybe that’s how it should be.

After all, change is simply what time does.

@InvaderXan I accidentally overstated its age--I was thinking of the year 1200 but said 1200 years old.

Which reminds me of a great book by one of my favorite authors, Ken Follett, called _The Pillars of the Earth_, which tells the story of the building of a cathedral--but it's really about the characters more than the cathedral itself. First of a trilogy. Highly recommend.

ken-follett.com/bibliography/t

@leadore
Still almost 300 years before Europeans learned about America, to put things into perspective!

And I think I’ve heard of this book before. Thanks for the recommendation. 🙂

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