The fire department in Paris followed a protocol: Save the people, save the art, save the altar, save what furniture you can, then focus on the structure, in that order. They know what can be rebuilt and what can't.
This protocol has been in place since the last time the cathedral was destroyed, sacked during the French revolution.
The steeple and the beams supporting it are 160 years old, and oaks for new beams awaits at Versailles, the grown replacements for oaks cut to rebuild after the revolution.
This is The Long Now in action. It's what happens when you maintain civilization.
Imagine how heartbreaking it must have been to follow the protocol knowing it was all you could do.
It took sixty years to rebuild after the terror. Three Napoleons worth. But it happened, and will happen again.
Versailles oaks. They're ready.
This is why there is a protocol.
Add a few BAMF's and you can save Jesus's crown of thorns.

I mean, you can have a protocol, a plan of battle, as any paramilitary organization (incl. fire brigades) must have, but you still need to act on the plan. Actions require people. Paris has a priest firefighter that ran into a burning cathedral to save Jesus's crown of thorns!!
Well that blew up. I'm no stonemason but if you're looking for someone to manage the long now for persistent data give me a shout.
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