As a nation you don't have longevity on your side. The Statue of Liberty is only 30-40 years older than my mother... BUT it has a place in a nation's heart (and is a global icon) which, yeah, I guess the people of France are mourning right now. Age doesn't make an icon but I think Notre Dame represents part of what it means to be French in the same way that the Statue of Liberty represents what it is to be American. And to see it done violence like that must hurt.