After reading the comment posted with “I wonder if the prejudices can ever be purged from human condition or just suppressed.” Although after some of our readings like the very Religious sermon from John Winthrop, Jonathan Edward and, Mary Rowlandson’s (captive experience). It seems as if there is no actual cure for the deep prejudice and even self-righteousness that the writings carry. Although these writers make their religious connection very important and a guide for their life they still seem so naive and short sighted. I think sometimes the lines between human morality and how religious you were in society where blurred which is clear in today’s society not the key. But there were few small actions that show as we talked about in class once humans are able to think outside their surroundings and what they know change can happen and occur.
De Las Casa’s writings and efforts to convince society that the actions taken towards the natives were wrong. He chooses to use his religious knowledge and belief to spread his message and to convert and help aid or guide the Indians. De Vaca took a more involved approach towards understanding the Indians and rather then bash the Indians for what seems like their primitive he is sharing the ways of life they shared with him.
Later in class we stared discussing the Puritans there was again the topic of the smug elect in society. The concept of self-righteousness and strict rules of the 5 tenants and the need for imbalance in society. While reading Anne Bradstreet’s poems you can pick up on her Puritans ways like in “The Flesh and Spirit” when she very clearly gives two sisters the embodiment of flesh and spirit. The idea of flesh and worldly objects are attracted to each other but should have no effect on a true Puritan because Spirit can see past that towards the after life.
Although Bradstreet’s poems do follow with society, it is still modern that a women write and her thoughts and feelings be voiced. When reading some information on Bradstreet many refer to her as one of the first feminist, writing poems like “Before the birth of one of her Children”. A poem only woman who expects to be a mother can relate to on a personal level and pain of losing a child.
After reading Jonathan Edwards’s personal narrative and his great efforts in the “Great Awakening “, how highly the people saw him and it seemed he could do no wrong then everything took a turn. But when he called for reform and more authority for the Church he was out-casted. People did not want to public declare themselves saved and the high families he called out didn’t appreciate his efforts either. He was dismissed and silenced which in a way is a very modern turn compared to our readings. It shows that the Church no longer had the hold it once did on society. Which is another attribution to show humans can indeed change just require time to adjust like a species.