It was devastating to watch the fire slowly destroy the cathedral, but it seems that there is a palpable lesson to learn from the global reactions. Or maybe a few lessons. One, it shows how obsessively attached we become to things. Even subconsciously. It is merely a building after all, but it has meaning. We have attached meaning to it. This building holds no significance in my life, but yet my jaw dropped open, gasping out loud when I saw the networks airing this disaster. But don't buildings burn down every day? Everywhere? Not that we should dismiss it, but it got me to thinking about my own personal reaction, and why I felt moved at all. Buddhism offers the perspective of how suffering only exists because of our attachment to material things, including our own lives. Second, this event shows us how connected we truly are, as a global people. All around the world, many wept as the cathedral got swallowed up by an inferno. Why are we weeping? Why do we care? I think it's different for us all, but the fact that we do care, is telling.