Wage slaves in the modern world

We are all slaves, not surprisingly it's unpopular to tell people this, but hey, someones got to break the bad news to you someday and the start of 2010 seems as good a time as ever, now you are all plumped up and expectantly awaiting all the good things that the new year will bring you.... Yeah Right.

Of course I must allow for some of you who have escaped from slavery, escaped slaves so to speak, those who belong to no country, race or creed, who have no job to go to each day, no debts to be paid, no demands on their time made by family or friends, who have made no commitments to anyone or anything in anyway.

But they probably aren't reading this anyway.

So how do I justify telling you this, well let's start with the dictionary...

slave [sle…™v] n

  1. (Law) a person legally owned by another and having no freedom of action or right to property

By default we are all owned by Satan, when we are born, who is the Prince of this world, and into whose kingdom we are born.

Don't believe that, fine, no problem, your consent is not required nor considered, it's just a fact and the only thing you can do to change that is find a more powerful entity who will free you from your master.

My liberator is Christ.

He paid the price with his own blood for my freedom and I was set free, but I'd learned, and chose to become a bond slave, a willing servant for life.

It's a great deal, I gave Him my life and He gave me His life.

In slavery as we all know it, the "Yes Massa" kind, where 'evil white' cotton plantation owners held complete power over African slaves bought from English slave traders....who had acquired them from Arab dealers....who had engaged tribal gangs to kidnap or capture them in their homeland....that kind of slave.... the facts still ran true.

The second generation slave was born into captivity and never knew any different life, maybe told by the parents or grandparents about the history they had never known, but personally in ignorance of freedom, aware of nothing except their current surroundings and the tasks they were to perform.

In this type of slavery religion was a powerful force that both held out hope of a better future for these slaves and yet still assisted the slave owner in maintaining control over their captive workers.


2. (Business / Industrial Relations & HR Terms)

A person who is forced to work for another against his will.

Most folk are in this category, in reality.

I was advised to do a job I liked, then it would never be work to me.

My father wanted me to get a secure job when I left school (with no qualifications), a job that would pay my wages for life.

His generation had experienced the 'Great Depression' and sought security, mine experienced the 'Summer of Love' and sought freedom, neither generation got what they wanted.

A 'steady job' has it's advantages, had I joined the police force I would have been governing the 'slaves' of society and been rewarded (in those days) with early retirement and the right to pretty much do what I liked as long as I knew how to do a funny handshake.

Notice how the definition includes HR... had to think about that, then I realised it was industry speak for 'human resources' which is the current title for those who manage the workforce to the employees best advantage. We became human resources, we are a resource.

Still think slavery was abolished, think again, we just re-branded it and took the irons off for aesthetic purposes, now we chain people with credit cards, mortgages on houses they will never own, and sports TV beamed into your favourite armchair.

Yippee, your a free man!.....as long as you turn up each day for work.

Slaves monitor and control themselves now days, we don't need fences, we've built our own prisons.

3. a person under the domination of another person or some habit or influence.

No real need to expand this definition, even the most fuddled brain can comprehend that we are all under the domination of not 'another person' but whole departments of them, who enslaved themselves act as our overseers without the need for whips to control us.

You will have submissively accepted that you must ONLY put your rubbish out on certain days and in specified containers, on pain of either non collection or a fine.

Congratulations you are now a part time unpaid (in fact you pay for the priviledge) rubbish collector and sorter.

No longer served by your elected officials, you now exist to serve the community, and woe betide you if you are lax in your servitude.

'Some habit or influence'

Well I already mentioned your 200+ channel digibox with channels dedicated to most anything you care to watch.

I saw a trailer tonight for a new show that was based upon disabled folk learning to dance and compete in wheelchairs.... has the world gone crazy!

How about those programs where they send delinquent brats to stay with 'The worlds toughest parents' and show us how the (normally) fierce black American Baptist minister and the 'Pastors wife and children' turns these yobs into model citizens.

Good concept, but have we sunk to a level where parenting skills tuition forms part of modern entertainment, if you could call it that!


4. (Business / Industrial Relations & HR Terms) a person who works in harsh conditions for low pay

In the UK and Spain, where I live, we have reached a point where the really cruddy jobs are no longer attractive to our 'educated' masses, so we import slaves from North Africa or Eastern Europe as required.

If you live in the UK and buy your vegetables in the supermarket, we probably grew them in Spain, who seem to have cornered the market in chemically grown fruit and veg.

The chemicals are so deadly that we use Morrocans or Senegalese to man the vast plastic tunnels where your big juicy tomatoes are manufactured in soil free environments.

They don't last long (the workers that is, the tomatoes will last forever once they have been irradiated) but that's no problem as there are a constant flow of boat refugees flocking to our shores to replace those who go back to die, if they can make it home before sickness drops them.

We don't have slavery any more, do we?

Finally, the ultimate slave, one that works without lunch breaks and vacations, never gets pregnant or sick and you don't have to pay a dime to once you've bought it.


5. (Engineering / Mechanical Engineering)

A device that is controlled by or that duplicates the action of another similar device (the master device)

OK, I know that you have noticed Jenkins in accounts looks like he's doing this all day long, following Mr Cartwrights managerial skills and hoping for a promotion, but Jenkins has blood in his veins, not a controlled current with silicone processors moving his bits about in a perfect movement without interruption for 24 hours a day.

I should sing the praises of modern technology that can produce a car without people being involved in the manufacturing process, after all it frees the people from drudgery doesn't it?

No. actually it frees the people to sit at home looking for work by filling in endless CV's and sending them by email to companies who will not hire them in any case, but these long term unemployed redundant slaves need to carry on hoping for employment, and going through the motions, to collect their social security welfare payments for as long as possible, before they finally succumb to accepting a job offering DIY advice in chain-store supermarkets.

Sure, slavery was abolished in the 18th century.

Gotta dash, or I'll be late for my shift start, now where did I put my uniform and overalls?


Now the serious part...

When I first wrote this, there was a 'tongue in cheek' approach to the subject, the video below shows the truly serious aspect of modern slavery, which is taking place in our countries right now, fueled by our obsession with 'anything goes'.

Watch the video, then decide to do something about what you have seen, I have, so should you and every other sane human being on the planet.

Slavery must be stopped, all sorts, but especially forced slavery

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49 comments

shallu 4 years ago

i like these


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aguasilver 5 years ago from Malaga, Spain Author

Hummingbird5356, thanks for your comment.

Let me rephrase what you do not agree with!

We belong to the world system from the time we are born until the time when we reject that system and decide to live as free people.

For me that meant rejecting Satan and submitting to Christ, but we all make our own paths to eternity!

Thanks for reading...

John ;o)


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Hummingbird5356 5 years ago

I don't believe we are automatically owned by Satan when we are born. But the rest of the hub I agree with. No one is ever completely free unless they have enough money to please themselves. Then, I suppose, you could say they are a slave to their money.

A very good hub.


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aguasilver 6 years ago from Malaga, Spain Author

Hi Freeway,

Realisation requires thinking,which leads to discomforture, which leads to either action (which can lead to major disruption)which seems like a whole lot of effort to the average wage slave.

Ignorance truly is bliss.


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Freeway Flyer 6 years ago

In my country, the United States, Christians often glorify capitalism. I guess that they don't recognize the wage slavery that it often brings. They also don't recognize how much materialism has co-opted their supposed faith in an anti-materialistic founder.


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aguasilver 6 years ago from Malaga, Spain Author

Gypsy Willow, what that makes you is a free person, and a happy bunny to boot!

Enjoy your retirement, nobody who lives ever retires, they just use their time differently!

John


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

Interesting hub. Sad to say I have always enjoyed my work especially as I started my own business early on in life so that I wouldn't have to work for any one. What does that make me? I am officially retired now but still enjoy working.


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aguasilver 6 years ago from Malaga, Spain Author

...but thankfully we don't have to play ball with the masters, we can be free and they cannot touch us, they can make life harder, but they cannot enslave you unless you let them.

Thanks for passing antonrosa...

John


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antonrosa 6 years ago from USA

Yeah...This is truly a slave world.


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pinkhawk 6 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

....it makes me ponder things...though it really hurts hopefully the truth can set us free,sigh...:( :)...this is great, thank you for sharing. :)


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pinkhawk 6 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

....it makes me ponder things...though it really hurts hopefully the truth can set us free,sigh...:( :)...this is great, thank you for sharing. :)


iamhelping2 6 years ago

Howdy

I was just browsing thru some topic and ran across your.

I love your insight.

Talk to you later gotta go Massa is calling


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aguasilver 6 years ago from Malaga, Spain Author

Hi laurenronda,

At the end of the day it comes down to trusting Christ.

I have no aversion to what modern technology provides us with, but it's not my master, it's my slave.

When it seeks to be my master and I begin to allow it to be so, then I know that I am not trusting God, for He will not allow me to be ensnared with those traps whilst I am in His power and under His authority.

Like I said in the comment above, freedom hurts, but it's fun to feel the breeze that freedom gives us.


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laurenronda 6 years ago from Waco, TX

I liked the blunt manner you presented all this information. But I was wondering, because you made it seem like its hopeless to break free from this modern slavery. How does one live in this modern world full of technology go without a job? Or without a house? We all need a roof over our heads and money to buy the basics, even if we don't use it to purchase +1000 tv channels or the latest gadget.


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aguasilver 6 years ago from Malaga, Spain Author

dfagerm the answers simple, stop being average!

It hurts, but it's fun and you feel alive again!


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dfager 6 years ago from Federal Way, Washington

Good ideas, I've felt like a slave to market trends for a long time, slave to foriegn oil, having to buy new technologies just to keep up and rising healthcare costs. Americans consume a large quanitiy of the world resources, yet the average person is powerless to reverse the trend.


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aguasilver 6 years ago from Malaga, Spain Author

canbyte, write the perfect hub then, that's a good start!


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Uva 6 years ago from Washington State, searching for home town.

I think we are slaves to our own stomach, and rich or poor we are cursed to toil every day of our lives.

It seems more accurate a statement to say all of the working class is surfs to the owning class / top 1.3% in the US.

The slavery you described that migrate workers suffer under is terrifying, I couldn't agree more with what you described about the chemicals and farm workers. In the US it's the same and in the case of farmed meat, it may even be worse working conditions.

I liked the overall theme on a very touchy subject many of us don't want to face. good thoughtful hub.

peace ~ Uva


canbyte 6 years ago

Aw, gosh, that's a bit over the top, no? No doubt, the real slaves, of whom there are plenty around the globe, would rather tear you to pieces for misrepresenting spoiled brats as slaves, than hope for any remedy of faux pity your hub will produce. Pity you spent your time this way.


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aguasilver 6 years ago from Malaga, Spain Author

Sheri, you just made my day, for I write to get people to think about things in ways they maybe have not done so before, so what you said is a real pleasure to my ears!

Thank you.

John


sheri sapp 6 years ago

I enjoyed your hub. Much of what you said here was very truthful. I had just never thought about things in the manner in which you presented them.


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sweetypie1968 6 years ago

Right on! I'm right there with you. Keep it coming!


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ateenyi 6 years ago from Chicago

Great Hub!!!!!

The hub can be regarded as most intriguing hub. The hub regarding slavery is wretched to go through. Slavery is something, totally uncivilized and inhuman in the present civilized society. The information is centrifuged in very coherent manner and presentation will definitely increase awareness, about the menace, which is still practiced in certain section of the country. Thanks a lot for providing so useful hub.


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Misterlak 6 years ago

Very interesting hub! :-)


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aguasilver 6 years ago from Malaga, Spain Author

Hi michiganman567, no, if you were too much of a slave you would have started hating it when I brought Christ into it!

If 'they' had brought in the machines in order to liberate man to commune with his God, it would be wonderful, but that was never the idea, profit was the idea.

It's another step along the New World Order plan, which is inevitable, but I still kick at it when I can, not in rebellion against Gods plan, just to let 'them' know that 'we' know....

Yep, that's conspiratorial....!

Thanks for investing your time and reading when your instinct said hate! ;0)


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michiganman567 6 years ago from Michigan

I was ready to hate it, then you slipped in the Christianity which was clever. So I was pleasantly surprised. Then it got a little to conspiratorial at the end. So we are slaves if we work, and slaves if machines do work for us. It was a good read, but I don't really get the point toward the end. Maybe I'm too much of a slave.


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aguasilver 6 years ago from Malaga, Spain Author

...and I thank you Rope for the time invested in reading it!


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The Rope 6 years ago from SE US

"AS", it does all come down to "state of mind" doesn't it? You did a great job with the subject. Thanks for giving us a terrific read.


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aguasilver 6 years ago from Malaga, Spain Author

Mortgagestar1 completely agree, political correctness is a classic form of indoctrination designed to destroy the individual in thought, deed and speech.


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Mortgagestar1 6 years ago from Weirton,West Virginia

Political indoctrination is also a form of slavery.


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aguasilver 6 years ago from Malaga, Spain Author

Hi James, I have the same fear myself, hubmania can take us over! - though I'm on a dry spot for concepts at the moment!

Maybe three hubs tomorrow! (and pigs may fly....)

Thanks for dropping in.

John


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

You surely have a major point here and you made it well, with clarity. THis is an excellent article and I'm glad I read it. I think I have been enslaved by HubPages! :D


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aguasilver 6 years ago from Malaga, Spain Author

Mickey, I'm glad we are in unity! I will get more of your hubs when I can, but this 30 days 30 hubs thing is time consuming!

UG I got initially broken free by slipping out of the system before I got the chance to get comfy, I've been enslaved since, but getting wiped out financially in the crunch has liberated me again, and I ain't going back to the plantation!

JD and SV, I'm staying out of it, always do when people use the comments as a forum, I don't mind that at all, but I only address things that are sent for me!


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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA

Sanctus, you indicated Satan and God had some type of agreement? Satan had no knowledge of God's plan as proven in 1 Cor 2:8 "none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory".

Believing there is no hell and that all will be saved tickles your ears. I praise God you were delivered from homosexuality/bi-sexuality and I don't mock your experience. While I try to witness to you according to 2 Tim 2:25: "with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth", some are "ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth" (2 Tim 3:7). I pray you are the former, not the latter.


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Unchained Grace 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

Simply put, what are those things you put before God?

Your idols? Are we not slaves to them? Money, lust, fame, glorification? Whatever it is, when we are bound by these things, what real reward can we expect to gain? Unless someone put a gun to your head, chained you up and dragged you to some foreign country is it not fair to presume you have enslaved yourself? If so, what's it really going to take for you to break those chains of bondage and still physically survive?


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

I came over here to see what you were about. I usually peruse the titles to find a subject that I can identify with. The first was enough. I knew, somehow, I would agree with about everything you had written here. I do.

Jesus has freed us in ways of the mind (sometimes-sometimes not enough) and soul. I hope that He frees this world for our bodies as well.

Jesus said to pray the Lord's Prayer or in that way. In doing that we pray that "His Kingdom will come on earth as it is in heaven". For that we have quite a journey. Thanks for a fantastic hub of truth!


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Sanctus Vesania 6 years ago

JD;

If I was going to listen to only the doctrines that "tickled my ears" I would be going, and listening to all those preachers who say that practicing homosexuality is perfectly OK.

I sometimes wish that you would realize that God is in perfect control of all things; that he knows the end from the beginning; and that HIS will has been, is, and WILL BE triumphant over our non-existent "free" will.

But then I realize that it's not time yet.


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aguasilver 6 years ago from Malaga, Spain Author

OK! Well at least it started a debate, and that was the idea.

When I said to Sanctus that I would rewrite it, I was referring to the relevant point she made that (to her at least, and possibly to others) my words made it look like there was a transaction involved, without stating CATEGORICALLY that Christ has done it ALL.

I will be REWORDING that section to make it clearer, for these hubs are written in the hope that someone who does NOT know Christ will read and relate.

Meanwhile, debate away, it brings folk over to see what the fuss is about, so I love debate in my comments box!

Dusty, you are probably one of the least enslaved folk I have ever met, fear not, you have so little excess or demand in your life that you will never be a slave again!

The line I deleted was " Yassa massa, isa cummin" and I'll put it back into the body IF the vote says go ahead.

For people whose ancestors may well have been slaves in the traditional sense, I can imagine this may be contentious, however, the line comes from a speech by Malcolm X which I remembered, so if it's racist, blame him.

I am NOT racist (anymore) but most folks are, whether they are black or white or in-between, you need to be released from racism, and even the most liberal humanitarian is racist in part.

Maybe racism is something I will cover? - I have a take on it that stretches from Noah to today!

HOOWANTSTONO write up those blue chips, I have been free since I was 16 years old, never worked for anybody except in an emergency, and then only until I had enough cash to take off again, it's a lousy pension plan, but it keep you on your toes!

nextstopjupiter, thanks for the comments, yes it's a small step, but like Mao said, the longest journey starts with one step. (and NO I was never into Maoism, conflicted with my independent spirit (read rebellious) until I came to faith)

Ken R. Abell, thanks I appreciate your confirmation!

Now it's back to the editing and still today's hub to write, maybe this is the day for one on racism?


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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA

Sanctus, Satan never "gave back a few people to God". People give themselves back to God, just as they gave themselves to Satan. Jesus paid for all mankind, but just as Adam and Eve were given free will, we must obtain adoption by free will. Even Satan had free will to rebel against God, but not without consequence; likewise with humans. That's the Law of God, obviously. Why would God choose to die for mankind, if it wasn't His Law? He could have just wiped out Satan and made man perfect because He is God. You are a Universalist because you believe ALL will be saved, even after physical death. I pray you will continue to grow, not being tossed about by every wind of doctrine, choosing what parts tickle your ears (Eph 4:11-16; 2 Tim 4:3).


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Sanctus Vesania 6 years ago

First, I am not a universalist; that's just another name for another demonination.

Second of all; Satan is called a thief, and a liar, and a murderer throughout the Bible. Now what is a thief, but a person who takes what is not rightfully theirs? What is a liar, but a dishonest person. What is a murderer, but a person who hates another person, and plans to kill them?

According to Christiandom this is what has happened to the world: God created the entire world, and mankind. God had ownership of man, but then the Devil, the thief, came and took away mankind from God. The only way that God could get back a remnant of mankind was by sending His Son to suffer death; and by paying a ransom to Satan so that a select few could be freed. Satan, by whatever means, accepted this deal.

I think it's because in this scenario Satan has figured that he still gets the majority of mankind.

The problem with this scenario is that it's not only one problem, but several. A lot of suspension of belief is involved. We must believe that God is weak and powerless over Satan in this scenario. We must believe that God had to pay Satan to get us back, and we have to believe that for once Satan was honest, because he gave back a few people to God.

Now believe that if you want, or repent. The God I worship is a SAVIOR, and a RESCUER. The Lord I worship is like an elite team dispatched to a certain area to destroy the enemy (Satan and his demons) and rescue the hostages (all of mankind.) The God I worship does not sit with Satan, and discuss a ransom plan with him just so that they He may buy back a few hostages.

2 Corinthians 4:3-5 (King James Version)

3But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

4In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

5For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.


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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA

aguasilver, 50 Caliber and I were rubbed the wrong way with what our universalist friend on here stated, "We can believe that, but would a thief ever make an honest transaction? I believe that when it's the right time Jesus comes to rescue us". Then you stated she was right and you would change your hub? Jesus DID rescue all at Calvary! For those who receive Him, they are adopted and set free; for those who reject Him, they remain enslaved to Satan. The "transaction" is complete. Satan has no power over God's children. While we are fleshly slaves to the world's work and life-system, believers are bond-servants (slaves) to Christ until He comes again. This is evident in Mat 10:28a "Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul". Our souls are not slaves to Satan anymore when we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD

Very interesting & thought provoking. And true. As 50 Caliber said, said but true. Well done.


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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

Bro'John, A sad but true state of being. We can shake free from many things that enslave us, but in the end it will take Jesus Christ to totally free us. I don't know what you removed after 21 days, commented but I'd like to. PC is a form of slavery, holding back on the directness of an issue so someone doesn't get their feelings hurt, just my thought on that issue.

I live with out financial debt, but still am a slave to money! I still have to have it to buy foodstuff, gasoline, property tax etc. So with just a quick glance around I see things that will enslave us until we meet in Heaven or the New Kingdom on earth depending on whose religion your speaking. None the less a worthy topic for one to toss about in their mind.

@ Sanctus Vesania, not hostile! but I don't understand "We can believe that, but would a thief ever make an honest transaction? I believe that when it's the right time, Jesus Christ comes to rescue us." Are you speaking to the end times or the time in which we open our hearts so he can step in and fill us?

Dusty


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HOOWANTSTONO 6 years ago

Hey Bro

You hit the nail on the head. I definitely identified everything you said here, from experience working in two Blue Chip companies, Intel and HP. These place are glorified sweatshops, and are controlled by a developing Pseudo religious structure called Project Management. I have been studying this system as a member of Project Management with its own Morals Law, andis evident to the reality of HR and Deliverables. People are just consumers and producers which is becoming unbalanced drastically and Automation is replacing people quickly even in the semiconductor industry. A whole FAB is run by a handful of people in a room, and this has replaced 4000 workers.

Good hub


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nextstopjupiter 6 years ago from here, there and everywhere

Yes, we are all slaves of an insane manipulative banking system. But the biggest slaves of all are the politicians, they cannot break free if they want to stay in power. We can escape but a lot of education is necessary to overcome all the manipulation. Your hub is a small step in the right direction.


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aguasilver 6 years ago from Malaga, Spain Author

21 days, noted and amended, I 'heard' my politically correct fairy telling me it was or could be an offence to some folk, but it was late in the night and I'm training myself to ignore PC voices, but it's changed now and the phrase is deleted to history!

Sanctus, you are right, I have to fly now, Saturdays are busy! but I'll rewrite tonight.

JD, thanks for the comments, and for not objecting!

Seriously, I thank you all and welcome correction and proof reading, especially scripturally.

John


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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA

I love this hub, and timely too! It's just TRUTH! Satan is the "god of this world" and it is run by the almighty dollar, so we indeed are all slaves in that sense, but certainly not in the Spiritual sense, praise God! I'm glad we won't need money in the kingdom of heaven.

I think of other countries that are run by dictatorships that kill their own people, limit how many children a couple can have, they're stricken with poverty and disease, etc. I am thankful we have freedoms in this country, especially freedom to worship ~ a freedom some countries simply don't have.

Jesus already paid the highest price for those who will receive Him! I'm glad I did, and He set me free!! Praise God!


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Sanctus Vesania 6 years ago

Nice hub, but I disagree with this statement.

it's just a fact and the only thing you can do to change that is find a more powerful entity who will buy you from your master.

We can believe that, but would a thief ever make an honest transaction? I believe that when it's the right time, Jesus Christ comes to rescue us.


Twenty One Days 6 years ago

1st, i like the hub.

2nd, i really dislike the final bold, italic line.

oddly, i recently has this conversation with three friends: a former geneticist from Columbia U, A writer/Goldman Sacks addict via Brown U, myself a stringent Philo from Villanova and a sweet, but all together nutty irish femme fatale from Berkley. The general concensus: the slaves then were hugely more liberally free than we today and by the time our generation 'retires' the next generation will be all but completely ruled by 'the invisible-digital man'.

good reading, John.

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