Tuesday, September 18, 2007

More on the Quebecois..

A few thoughts to follow up on Brian's post, which I think were too long to stick in the comments section.

I too found the 'Degeneration' song to be haunting, and in my mind at least, an obvious commentary on generational differences and sense of loss in contemporary Quebec. It is really quite interesting/frightening to pause and reflect on the sad moral and cultural states of the places in the world which once were beacons of Catholicism--Quebec and Ireland, of course, but one cannot also forget most of Western Europe (especially France, Italy and Spain) as well.

While the presuppositions which I carry in to listening to such a song are probably not those which the songwriters ever intended, it surprises me that they did not anticipate the analysis which the song received in some--ahem, pro-life--circles. Upon discovering that LifeSiteNews featured their song, they wrote a harshly worded letter and asked that the article actually be retracted from the site!

We the members of Mes Aïeux, have read the following article and are in profound disagreement with the interpretation given to our lyrics. We consider that the association of our song with the anti-choice policies on this web-site is akin to moral kidnapping. We are, in fact, and unanimously, pro-choice.

This is simply bad militant journalism, and an infringement of our moral rights.

(See here: http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2007/aug/07080106.html)

This proves to be an even sadder commentary on Quebecois culture; what appeared to be a bright spot was in reality dimmer than imagined! The conclusion is not that something of the old ways should be recovered or preserved, nor that a woman's unspoken desire to care for a family is something natural; instead it seems that all they are saying is to keep going, keep trudging, keep carrying the past while moving inevitably on into the future. Absolutely no room for hope, it seems.

Finally, in related news-- Pope Benedict XVI is planning a visit to Quebec to coincide with the 400th anniversary of its founding in August 2008. We'll have to wait and see how the Holy Father is received in such an atmosphere.

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