History should be appreciated, not mistreated. That goes the same for pieces of history. It’s an important thing to keep in mind following the disgusting act that occurred in the Conception Bay North town of Western Bay last week.
A 138-year-old church, which was in the middle of renovations, was burnt to the ground on Sept. 25, an apparent victim of a cowardly form of vandalism. Nothing was taken from the site, so it wasn’t theft. It would appear that someone, or group, decided in the wee hours of the morning to decimate a piece of the town’s rich history.
Not only that, it destroyed a piece of Methodist history on the north shore. The church was one of the first Methodist establishments in Conception Bay.
Also lost in the blaze was a Bible that some believe to be one of the first in the church.
Not only does the fire point to the further segregation of church and state, it also shows just how far history has fallen in today’s society.
History, while boring to some, is an important component of today’s world. It helps guide people, reminds them where they come from and in some instances, grounds them.
Maybe history has fallen out of favour with the young people today because of the shrinking of the world.
Maybe, it’s the ideal of you only live once that has caused historical monuments to shift from a position of reverence to a position of disdain. That’s what happened here. Those responsible saw only an old church being renovated, instead of a building that represented 138 years of history.
His grandparents were probably taught in church at the time it was a school.
What purpose did it serve to light the fire in the first place? Was it some warped sense of pride that drove this criminal to spark the flame? He only hurt the community as a whole. What he thought would be funny or an enjoyable experience turns the pride of others into dust. That’s the big thing in all of this. Pride. There is a distinct lack of pride in today’s society. Whereas in the past, you took pride in wherever you lived. It’s not the case now.
With the shrinking of the world through technology, pride in small town communities is fleeting.
Those who grew up in a world without cellphones or Facebook maintain a great pride in seeing their community rise up.
The rest of them, don’t. Sure, there’s pride in oneself, it’s not hard to see. But, pride in community, nah, that doesn’t exist among the younger generation. Through this lack of pride, the interest in history is lost. But, how can that be restored?
— Nicholas Mercer is a reporter with The Compass