“That forest-dell where Lowood lay was the cradle of fog and fog-bred pestilence; which, quickening with the quickening spring, crept into the Orphan Asylum, breathed typhus through its crowded schoolroom and dormitory, and ere May arrived transformed the seminary into an hospital . . . . Many, already smitten, went home only to die; some died at the school and were buried quietly and quickly, the nature of the malady forbidding delay.”
Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre (1847).
I see that burning Catholic churches has become the newest form of peaceful protest in our neighbor to the north. The incendiaries are reportedly incensed by the discovery of unmarked graves adjacent to boarding schools run by the Catholic Church, because the unmarked graves are presumably filled with the earthly remains of young indigenes who had, until they required burial, attended those schools. These are not, I should add, fresh graves. Nor, it seems, were they always unmarked. It has not even been alleged, so far as I know, that the unfortunate young indigenes were murdered in the course of violent sexual attacks, or executed because they failed to recite the rosary.
Like many of the unfortunate orphans enrolled in Charlotte Bronte’s Lowood School, the interred indigenes died of typhus, or some similarly fog-bred pestilence, and were no doubt buried with all the ceremony the school’s budget and need for sanitation would permit. Readers of Bronte will recall the description of the grave of Helen Burns, best friend to Jane Eyre at the Lowood School, who perished in the typhus outbreak.
“Her grave is in Brocklebridge churchyard. For fifteen years after her death it was only covered by a grassy mound; but now a gray marble tablet marks the spot, inscribed with her name and the word ‘Resurgam.”
The belated marble tablet was presumably the gift of Jane Eyre after she had been “lifted to prosperity” by her marriage to Mr. Rochester, and “Resurgam,” which means “I shall rise again,” was a testament to Helen Burns’ belief in personal resurrection.
Like the now vilified Catholic boarding schools of Canada, Lowood School was established by Christians to benefit unfortunate children. Jane Eyre of course complained about the meager diet, stern discipline, and absence of central heating, but she does not appear to have reflected that unfortunate children not enrolled in the Lowood School were scavenging scraps from dustbins, being disciplined by pimps, and sleeping under bridges.
When the vilified Catholic boarding schools of Canada were struck by the pestilence that necessitated the digging of those graves, they were engaged in an attempt to assimilate young indigenes into Canadian culture, which assimilation, if successful, would have saved those young indigenes from the ignorance, poverty, filth and alcoholism that was the inheritance of the grossly degraded indigenous culture of their parents.
The recent Canadian incendiaries have been incensed to incendiarism, not because the young indigenes died, and not because their graves were not marked with durable monuments, but because these trivial things happened while the Catholic boarding schools were “stripping” the young indigenes of the indigenous culture of their parents. This means that the Catholic boarding schools removed the young indigenes from the influence of older indigenes who, as indicted by poverty, filth and alcoholism, did not know how to succeed in modern Canada, and who were therefore incapable of teaching their offspring how to succeed.
Sad, perhaps, but true.
Canada had no use for more filthy, drunken Indians, and the attempt by the Catholic boarding schools to prevent young indigenes from filling this supply for which there was no demand was an act of benevolence. Far from destroying indigenous peoples, the Catholic boarding schools were giving these young indigenes a chance to say, with the motto on the monument to Helen Burns,
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While incendiaries were laying the match to Catholic churches to protest the outrage of long-ago Christians “stripping” young indigenes of a culture that was obsolete, degraded, and guaranteed to produce misery, a gay choir was laying to tape a musical declaration of their intention to strip Christian children of a culture that reinforces their childish instinct to question the intentions of gay choristers (links). In the lyrics of their charming show tune:
“We’ll convert your children—happens bit by bit, quietly and subtly and you will barely notice it . . . We’ll convert your children: we’ll make them tolerant and fair.”
I will pass over the obvious fact that these gay choristers are neither tolerant nor fair—that they are, rather, bigoted and tendentious—and will simply note that the cultural Left, from which the Canadian incendiaries were no doubt drawn, has no absolute respect for a child’s native culture, and no absolute objection to the abduction and conversion of children.
It simply insists that abduction of children be an exclusive privilege of the Left, and that conversion always be to the disciplines and doctrines of Leftism. The schools in which the Left is already inculcating its disciplines and doctrines are not as prone to physical disease as Jane Eyre’s Lowood, or the old Catholic boarding schools of Canada, but their relative salubrity has nothing to do with Leftism.
Indeed students of history know that, when it comes to placing earthly remains under grassy mounds, nothing compares to Leftism, and that so long as Leftists have anything to say about it, those grassy mounds will never be marked with a gray marble tablet inscribed with the word “Resurgam.”