Notre-Dame was a Tinderbox

. 1 min read

Everyone has heard about Notre-Dame de Paris tragedy last week. I was working few days in Paris this week and saw this architectural masterpiece burning...

This scene was very hard to watch because of the secular symbol it represents for French and Parisian people but also the catholic meaning for the entire world. As non-practising catholic I always feel strange front of these events, and even worst when I think about all the (real) tragedies that happen in other countries of our world. I can't understand how this can have a such impact on French people (and medias) minds and almost nothing for Sri Lanka or Syria butcheries...

It remembered me a quote of one the most inspiring person: L'abbé Pierre

L’honneur d’un pays ne réside pas dans la beauté de ses monuments, mais bien dans le fait que tous ses habitants aient un toit

In english it would go like:

A country's honour does not lie in the beauty of its monuments, but in the fact that all its inhabitants have a roof over their heads

My thought is...

that France has a lot to do in both concentrating efforts on "useful" topics as well as on construction safety... and the private sector seems to love dedicating their fortunes into marketing-friendly actions. When will we make homeless treatment sexy? Or fiscally interesting? Open question...

Meanwhile, The New York Times created a beautiful WebGL 3D animation describing what could have been done to prevent this tragedy to happen.

Notre-Dame was tinderbox - The New York Times