I wrote this 5 days after the cathedral caught fire. Over those 5 days, I saw the trend shift to blaming billionaires for not solving the world’s problems. It’s been little more than a week, and I think continuing to have conversations about the importance of art, architecture, and history is understandable. There was an emotional response to each crisis you mentioned, and lives lost on a daily basis create an emotional response in the lives of the people directly impacted by that loss. People keep “being emotional and teary eyed” about many things for however long they need to in order to process their own particular loss. There’s not a timeline for grief, and even if you don’t understand it, it doesn’t make it any less valid. Advocating for the perspective that we can all do our part to address world problems is hardly hysterical.

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