This is the sort of thing that happens when the required course in The History of Western Civilization gets dropped as a requirement for a B.A. degree.
The Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris was a work of architectural art, a glorious cultural icon. France has lost a significant part of her cultural heritage.
However, that church building’s real value was as a beautiful offering of art to the glory of God, an offering made by the generations of Christians who built and improved and maintained it as a house of worship. The fire may wreck the building, but cannot erase those centuries of worship.
My brother-in-law sent me an email that contained the following:
Ever walk into a room with some purpose in mind, only to completely forget what that purpose was? Turns out, doors themselves are to blame for these strange memory lapses.
Psychologists at the University of Notre Dame have discovered that passing through a doorway triggers what’s known as an event boundary in the mind, separating one set of thoughts and memories from the next. Your brain files away the thoughts you had in the previous room and prepares a blank slate for the new locale.