On April 15, 2019, the church of Notre Dame in Paris, France sustained substantial damage through out its structure from an awful blaze. No one knew just how badly it would all be. The fire when it had occurred had seemed to continue growing and growing. The building, where the first stone was laid down in 1163 by Pope Alexander III, seemed as if it would all be brought back down to that very first stone. Reminding us, just because something has stood the test of time, doesn’t mean it is going to last forever.
Thankfully, by the great work of many firefighters, the building was mostly saved. Not to down play the damage that was done and about a good amount that has been lost, but this iconic landmark wasn’t lost forever today.
A Nightmare Creates A Unifying Moment
As millions were watching, both on scene and around the world, the horror of seeing something that no one seemingly even gave an after thought of occurring, was unfolding before our very eyes. A loss for the country of France, the city of Paris and a possible loss for the World’s heritage. Perhaps what also had the world watching and speaking in this moment was the parallel meaning it held for many of us. A lot of times, when things are going wrong in our own lives, it seems like it’s one bad wind from all coming down amongst a rapidly burning fire.
Especially in today’s time….
Rebuilding Notre Dame
The day after the fire that shocked the world, a lot of people already said they wanted to donate money, in some cases millions, to rebuild the building. From everyday ordinary people, to millionaires and billionaires. A very noble gesture. One that shows that together we stand united. That we can have a common cause, we can have common beliefs, we can have common grounds, and we can have a common strength. Because together…..united, we are stronger.
No fire Can Bring Us Down
So, much like French President Emmanuel Macron stated about the iconic Notre Dame in sum that “we will rebuild… all together…” and we must have the same determination in our lives. No matter how strong the inferno can be.
The Common Einstein (You, us, and everyone else).