Digitization of manuscripts and art is deeply important. But it's a kind of insurance against calamity such as in Brazil.
Museums and libraries preserve against the weather of our follies what is most worthy of human endeavour, carrying lessons for posterity beyond our own myopias in the most tangible, immediate ways. These are living spaces, arks of meaning.
Our carelessness before our responsibility to steward these is a sign of the dark ages into which we are slipping.
These are the wisest words of sorrow I have read. May we have fewer occasions to need them going forward.
"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko