The qualities of superiority and beneficence run through the two critical networks of family and labour. They are themes which continue to this day to insinuate much of society. The "legitimacy" of those theses is increasingly the subject of examination. In many instances the authenticity of the propositions is entirely irrelevant as the nature of human relationships undergoes Olympic change. The notion of marriage for example is now visibly open to debate.
"The law governing marriage, family, property and succession was of long standing and well known. Its strength also derived from its congruence with the Catholic values espoused in New France. Although some 10 per cent of brides in Canada may have been pregnant at their nuptials, illegitimacy as such was rare. In Acadie in the first half of the eighteenth century it has been estimated at 0.6 per cent, in Canada at 0.8 per cent in the seventeenth century." Idem
One hardly need remark upon the decline of religion in modern society. While this is sometimes characterized as an indicia of deterioration, there are many who take the contrary view that it opens the path of enlightenment and social equality. It is however important to recall that the two goals of commercial growth and social order are likewise susceptible to influence whatever course is adopted. Almost any alteration of this significance and elemental nature is bound to have stunning repercussions.
To speak broadly and metaphorically, this transition within the structural framework of society is illustrative of any number of other changes which ultimately capture the majesty and equality of humanity whether different because of gender, race, colour, education or any number of other variations. Surely it must be confessed that within the limited time allotted to each of us our collective ambition is very much identical. To pretend that because of some accident of nature, birth or opportunity any one of us is entitled to more or less than another is the height of insanity.