In the first two days following the fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15th, over $1 billion was donated toward repairs This sparked protest from those in support of activist groups that have consistently struggled to get donations for the betterment of lives. This instant and massive rush of support for a symbol of religious influence on society has shown the priorities of many people, especially those with money and influence, such as the heads of massive corporations, who have not given on any comparable scale to organizations attempting to provide, food, housing, life-saving medicine, or other similar resources to people who will quite literally die without it. This isn’t to say the response to the fire isn't understandable: Notre Dame stands as a testament to the strength of human creation and culture throughout the ages, and it is a beautiful piece of architecture and history, but it is not more important than the lives of the billions of people who need help. Notre Dame will be rebuilt, as it has been for hundreds of years, but it is much harder to rebuild lives, which is what we need to do now. People’s lives are worth something. Their potential is worth something, and the only way to produce more of the beauty that Notre Dame has shown us is to dedicate ourselves to bettering the lives of the people alive now, so that we can produce a beautiful future, with all of the people that deserve to be a part of it.