Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Should The Reconstruction of Notre Dame Be a Priority?

By Ethan Paquin

For centuries, the people of Paris had enjoyed the architecture of the iconic Notre Dame cathedral, or Notre Dame de Paris. It is considered by many people to be the best example of Gothic French Architecture. Construction began in 1160 and completed in 1260. The medieval Catholic cathedral had been admired for centuries. But on April 15th, 2019, disaster struck. Officials believe a short circuit may have caused the cathedral to go up in flames. The fire made one of the spires fall and destroyed most of the roof. This event has been nothing short of a tragedy. However, 1 billion dollars has already been raised to rebuild. As great as this is, is using all this money to build a church less than a month after it burned necessary? I think that the reconstruction of the Notre Dame cathedral should not be prioritized over charity, scientific research, and help for the homeless.

One thing the reconstruction of Notre Dame should not be prioritized over is charity. I, for one, believe that these organizations that help others get what they need should be put forward instead of the construction for a church. While Notre Dame is a symbol of Parisian culture, it still needs to be recognized that charities help people and animals get the help that they may need. For example, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants a wish for children with critical illnesses. They give children in hospitals the chance to have something they have always wanted for their entire life. Charities such as this one are very good causes to donate to and deserve to have people donate to them rather than the construction of a cathedral.

Another thing that the reconstruction of the Notre Dame cathedral shouldn’t be prioritized over is scientific research. Some kinds of scientific research can help improve humanity as a whole. For one, scientific research has found treatment for diseases like Malaria and there have gradually been breakthroughs in the treatment of cancer. Another thing beneficial from scientific research is the improvement of space exploration. Currently, scientists are working on ways to be able to land on Mars and make it habitable in case the Earth becomes unable to have us live on it. This should be put before Notre Dame because it is necessary human life.

One more thing that should be put before Notre Dame is help for the homeless. These people don’t have homes to go to at night. They most commonly are unemployed. They don’t have money for food, or clothing, or anything, really. Thankfully, organizations such as shelters have been set up in order to help and support them. and should be put before Notre Dame because those who are less fortunate can still get vital things like food and shelter until they are able to find employment and these organizations will not need to be vital to them.

Now, don’t get me wrong. The Notre Dame cathedral has been important to the people of Paris for a very long time. It is indeed important that people of a certain culture have something that they cherish in their community. Then again, it could simply be because this article is coming from the perspective of an American who has never experienced this building, but from said perspective, the cathedral is what it is identified as; just a building. It is great and even inspiring that the people of Paris have already devoted money to rebuild this beloved piece of Parisian architecture. However, we must also recognize that it shouldn’t be put before causes that are vital to improving society. Scientific research can benefit humanity as a whole, and charity and shelters give important help to those who are less fortunate than others.

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