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But having found greed as the prime mover — vehement greed, blind, wild and the root of all evils — it became apparent that the original tyrants and all who followed in their damnable beliefs, confirmed by dismal actions, had been numbed by greed; and a glimmer of hope of stopping it became possible, what learned person does not know that the minds of the wisest and most generous men can degenerate to pusillanimity when subjected to harsh and lasting servitude? Oppressed, afflicted, threatened, tormented and mistreated in various ways, unable to raise their thoughts above their bitter misery, they can forget their own humanity.
Father Breboeuf [Jean de Brébeuf, missionary among the Hurons, was killed by the Iroquois in 1649] leads us to hope that we shall have some, if he goes with our Fathers into those well-peopled countries, and if there is 18 CHAPTER 1 The New Global World, 1450–1620 anything with which to found a seminary. The reason why I would not like to take the children of one locality [and teach them] in that locality itself, but rather in some other place, is because these Barbarians cannot bear to have their children punished, nor even scolded, not being able to refuse anything to a crying child.
Those [of our generation] that [they thought] were immediately to come after us they imagined to be in the air, yet invisible and without bodies, and that they by our entreaty and for the love of us did make the people to die in that sort as they did by shooting invisible bullets into them. . Some also thought that we shot them [the Native Americans] ourselves . . from the place where we dwelt, and killed the people in any such town that had offended us . . , how far distant from us [they may be].