How quickly we move on. Notre Dame ferociously burned on the 15th of April; just forty-three days ago. I don't remember the last news item I read about it. Granted, I live in The United States and not France. Still, so tremendous a disaster is now old news, so to speak. The world turns; the days and weeks come and go; our attention is both deflected and re-directed. We Americans already seem to be in the midst of a presidential election. Two dozen Democrats and, at present, one Republican are trading punches more than a year before either national party convention convenes. Even the most avid of political junkies must believe things are out of whack this time around. Political overload will surely set in. Right? Maybe not. Our news cycle is non-stop. Our capacity to pay attention simultaneously to multiple headline stories is being tested. What the cable news outlets would like to believe is that our interest in the news is insatiable. We'll have to wait and see. If the disaster that befell Paris just a mere six weeks ago can fade from the front burner, perhaps our politics can at least take a breather sixteen months from election day. That would be my wish.
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