South America | At Brazil’s Museum of Tomorrow, the past is inferior and the future is trouble
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 1/16/20, 03:21 pm
What respect do we owe the aged—not just old people but old books, artifacts, buildings, and ideas that aren’t woke?
My wife and I walked around Rio de Janeiro in December and saw beautiful old buildings including the Municipal Theater and the National Library—but not Brazil’s oldest scientific institution, the National Museum. A fire in 2018 destroyed it and its nearly 20 million natural history and anthropological artifacts, along with 470,000 volumes and 2,400 rare works.