Millions Donated To Rebuild Cathedral But Not The Community

People Are Quick To Rebuild The Notre Dame Cathedral But Not Help Commnities

People's priorities are not where they should be.

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On April 15th, 2019, the beloved and historical Notre Dame Cathedral caught on fire and the famous spiral on top of the cathedral collapsed.

In a CBS News article reporting on the tragedy, they captured the building's significance in a quote from Vanderbilt University professor and art history department chair Kevin Murphy:

"[Notre Dame] symbolizes the city of Paris, it's a cathedral of Paris, but it's also always been considered a cathedral of France. Its symbolism really resonates through its religious significance and its civil and national significance.'"

This event affected not just the citizens of Paris, but anyone who has visited the cathedral and got to witness its beauty in person.

All over several social media platforms, people were sharing their photos of past visits or vacations to the cathedral. Not only were they sharing their memories of the visit, but they were also sharing how heartbroken they were to hear that this historical building was partly destroyed.

On Monday, the French president, Emmanuel Macron, addressed the fire, stating that the cathedral will be rebuilt. The CBS News quoted Macron:

"I'm telling you all tonight -- we will rebuild this cathedral together. This is probably part of the French destiny. And we will do it in the next years. Starting tomorrow, a national donation scheme will be started that will extend beyond our borders.'"

Within 24 hours, donations from all over started pouring in.

When I read that within 24 hours, over 100 million euros had been donated to help rebuild the cathedral, my jaw dropped. Millions of dollars and euros were instantly donated to help this building from people and companies everywhere.

I felt a lot of emotions when I heard this. The first one being moved and happy that people came together to rebuild such a historical building. Then, as I thought about it more, I was a little confused and genuinely curious about the world's sudden acts of kindness.

My first genuinely question is: Why?

An online article from BFM TV stated:

"On the night of the fire that partly destroyed the Parisian cathedral, the Pinault family announced a donation of 100 million euros...The Arnault family followed, followed by large French groups such as the Bettencourt-Meyers family and the L'Oréal group, Total, Michelin."

Again, overnight MILLIONS of dollars and euros were donated. MILLIONS. OVERNIGHT. When I read that, I was in shock! These people heard about this tragedy and personally decided to take immediate action to help.

What I want to know is why the destruction of this building moved people so much to take immediate action, but other tragedies strike and they get ignored? Why aren't people so quick to act and help with other problems going on in the world?

Some of these other problems involve human beings, not just a building.

There are other huge problems in Paris, and the rest of the world, that need the amount of support and help this cathedral has attracted. For example, an article by "The Local Fr" states that according to the 2019 census, there are 3,641 homeless people on the streets of Paris.

Another example of a crisis in more dire need of monetary help is Flint, MI. Four years after the initial incident, Flint still does not have water. Let me rephrase that. THERE ARE PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES WHO DO NOT HAVE CLEAN WATER.

These are just two huge examples of some of the tragedies that are also going on around the world as well.

Just to be clear, I'm not saying we should not rebuild the cathedral.

Of course this building is important to Paris and others all over the world. I am not saying that the reconstruction of the cathedral should not take place. What I am saying is that I wish the love, support, and help for this historical building was reciprocated for other tragedies.

There are people out there who are suffering and could really use help and support from major companies internationally as well. This cathedral is important and should be rebuilt, but there are other causes and communities that also need to be rebuilt.

Instead of rebuilding history, why don't we all make history?!

In my personal opinion, there are other causes in the world that should be acknowledged first. Be a part of the group of people that created real, helpful change in the world. Be a part of something impactful and revolutionary! Make history by supporting and donating to a cause that others look over or neglect. A small change is still CHANGE.

I hope that as time goes on, I see people and major companies supporting other tragedies the same way they did with the cathedral, with action and compassion.

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Boys No More: The Story Of Benjamin Eastman's Murder

Benjamin Eastman was only 16 years young when his best friend Benito Marquez (16) and Marquez’s older brother Jonathan Adamson (21) gruesomely took his life.

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Benjamin Eastman, a 16-year-old boy from Randle, Washington, was found dead late June afternoon he had been reported missing by family on June 24th. His remains were discovered by the Lewis County's Sherriff's Office just four days later in a marked, shallow grave.

Benjamin was allegedly reported missing after his family could not reach him when he left his home Sunday morning after being invited by his best friend, Benito Marquez, to go camping. Benito reported to police that Eastman had failed to show up to his home that Sunday morning. Four days after and still there was silence from Benjamin, Benito Marquez posted on Facebook pleading for anyone who knew the whereabouts of the boy to contact police or Benjamin's father.

On the same day, the boy's remains were discovered on Marquezes family property in a shallow and obvious grave. When asked about the grave, Benito claimed the grave belonged to the family's dog that had recently passed away, given the situation police investigated.

Marquez is not the only suspect in the case.

Benito's 21-year-old brother, Jonathan Adamson, was also a suspect in the gruesome murder. Their mother, Kindra Rose Adamson, and Jonathan's girlfriend, Emma Brown, were just recently arrested when police found that both knew about Benjamin's murder after it occurred and did not report it to authorities. Kindra also helped the boys flee East after the incident. Both are being charged with 1st-degree criminal rendering.

Police have reported Adamson as giving information from the night of the 24th. Adamson claimed the two had knocked Benjamin to the ground, kicked him over 100 times, sexually assaulted him with a stick, and for good measure, hit Benjamin over the head with a rock multiple times to assure he was dead, all within a span of 20-45 minutes. The autopsy report corroborated Adamson's story and stated the cause of death was, in fact, a blunt force trauma to the head.

After Eastman was presumed dead by the brothers, they stripped their clothes and his to burn them, along with the shovel used for the initial burial. After an unspecified amount of time, Marquez and Adamson became paranoid of the possible discovery of the body so they moved the remains to a more shallow place on their grandparent's property and marked it with a cross made of sticks. They did not burn that shovel, nor did they dispose of the matching twine and plastic found in the barn that was used on the body.

As of July 2nd, the brothers were arrested by a state trooper on their way to Ellensburg. Marquez and Adamson are facing charges including 1st-degree murder, rape of the 1st degree, tampering with evidence, and unlawful disposal of remains. Their bail has been set to $10 million bail and although Marquez is only 16, he will be facing an adult trial. The only motive discussed at this time was the possibility of a girl being the cause of the dispute. Adamson has been arraigned as of July 12th and has pleaded not guilty to all charges placed against him.

Now that I have presented all of this information to you, let's look at the unsolved parts.

Evidence:

This evidence seemed a little to easy to find. From the outside looking in, it appears they wanted the body to be found when it was. Many people in law enforcement understand the saying "only the stupid ones get caught." Is that the case here? The positioning of the evidence also seems too cookie-cutter. After burning the first shovel, they left the head in the fire pit. They marked the grave with an obvious cross with upturned soil.

Benjamin was reported by many as happy, caring, and loving. So why is the motive for his murder not being discussed further than "possibly over a girl?" Benjamin's father seems to be handling this extremely well and claiming he will continue to approach this case with love instead of hate because that is what his son would want. He heard of the rape of his son in court, and somehow only stared at the brothers. I'm not saying he's responsible in any way, but I think he may know more than he shows, maybe even about a motive with the closeness of the two.

Finally, why did Marquez lie about the grave and what happened, but not Adamson? How could Adamson so easily tell the story? Maybe it's possible that the only involvement Benito had was luring Benjamin to the area.

The case is still fairly fresh, however, these should be some of the first things investigated before the arraignment which has already happened for one of the brothers. l believe there's a lot more to the story that is not being noticed/talked about.

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Igor Trepeshchenok / Magdeleine

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Coexisting On A Polarized Planet

Today, it seems as if there is always a right and a wrong, a yes and a no and a right side or a wrong side. It may seem impossible, but coexistence exists. Here are some tips on how to do it.

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It may seem magical, mystical and honestly impossible how one can remain calm in the fervor of what we call politics and society today. Issues that should not concern the public suddenly matter to everyone and things have become just a whole lot more personal. As a young woman, I have faced many instances of strong opinions and emotions from all sides of the spectrum. I like to identify as a left-leaning moderate who is more than willing to hear all sides of someone's reasoning. After all, there must be a reason someone thinks the way that they do. So, I have a couple tips on how to coexist with people who may seem unfathomably disagreeable. (I don't know if any of those were actual words, it's fine. I call it ~artistic liberties~)


1. LiSTEN

So basically. People don't listen. To anyone. But themselves (or like, their parents, Fox News, Bill Nye and whatever twitter is saying). Because politics have become so black-and-white, it is nearly impossible to persuade someone to switch sides. So, instead of saying it's a black-and-white issue and saying there are two distinct sides, be open to listening to one's personal reasoning to why they believe what they believe. Well this might not persuade you, it will at least allow you to understand why they believe what they believe and why they do what they do. One of the first steps to coexisting is understanding. And there's no way that we will be able to understand if we simply do not even listen. While it might seem crazy, try at least to listen to why someone believes what they believe. Even if their explanation of why they preferred the Affordable Care Act over Obama care is because it doesn't say Obama, at least you listened and now you have evidence of why they are wrong and you are a good person for listening to them 🙃

2. Step-back

Another key tactic in achieving coexistence is to distance yourself from issues. This does not mean that I am encouraging you to ignore political and ethical issues, however, I find that it is incredibly helpful to distance yourself from these issues. By not allowing them to become personal, or to attach yourself personally to these problems, it becomes much easier to dissociate and not become too invested. Investment sparks emotion. Emotion elicits brash responses and often times starts arguments. If you're able to distance yourself and your emotions from political problems, you will notice that being able to calmly discuss and understand current events and topics today will become much easier.


While i know it is nearly impossible to coexist with and agree with everyone, it is possible to calmly come to terms with the fact that not everyone will be on the same page. It is OK if you disagree with someone, but do not let these disagreements steer you to become overly emotional and argumentative. Intelligent conversations and debates are necessary in order to progress, however the aggressiveness and ugliness that is being brought out from severe emotions and disagreements in the political climate today can easily be quelled and avoided if people simply were to just listen. If we were all able to emotionally detach ourselves from issues that simply do not involve us or that have much more to them, we would be able to solve many problems and agree on more controversial topics. What I am urging my readers to do is to simply step back. Look at the big picture, and understand that it is okay if you don't agree with someone. It is not worth starting a fight, but it is worth talking about it. Why do you believe what you do. Reflect. And most importantly, do research and know why you believe what you believe in. Stand by it. And be willing to listen.

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