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“A slave is one who waits for someone to come and free him.”

  1. Dennis Pace profile image62
    Dennis Paceposted 6 years ago

    I recently found this quote by Ezra Pound. “A slave is one who waits for someone to come and free him.:
    Are most of us slaves to something, waiting and wishing for liberation. And some maybe even enjoying the servitude.
    Quite a few modern slave masters came to mind.  Some jobs, the government, medications, political propaganda, commercial propaganda, medical propaganda, keeping up appearances. How about our own tiny world of misconceptions? Or how about our own fears?

    “May I have the courage today

    To live the life that I would love,

    To postpone my dream no longer

    But do at last what I came here for

    And waste my heart on fear no more.”

    —John O’Donohue, A Morning Offering

    The courage to live the life that I would love! To waste my heart on fear no more! What incredibly powerful words with which to start each day, or, as it happens, a new year.

    1. lady_love158 profile image61
      lady_love158posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Many people in this country are pushing to become slaves and worse they want to take the rest of us with them! They want the government to provide for all their needs...

      1. John Holden profile image60
        John Holdenposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Yes, much better to be a slave to private enterprise. All those little cogs working for pittance so that their "betters" can live a life of luxury, Wearing rags so that the employers can wear a suit that costs a workers annual wages. Eating scraps so that the bos can spend more on one meal than a family gets to live on for w a week!

        Alleluia, I've seen the light, I'm going to become a slave to the mighty dollar.

        1. lady_love158 profile image61
          lady_love158posted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Oh! You do sound so full of envy! Hey you don't have to work for anyone, you can work for yourself, buy a piece of land grow your own food and sell the excess. Anything is possible in America, until the socialist democrats change it that is...

          1. John Holden profile image60
            John Holdenposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Except if you grow your own food you end up paying any profit (or loss) in royalties for using their patent seed even if you haven't, if your seed has crossed with your neighbours!

            And yes I am envious, I don't get to be bankrupted if I'm ill!

            Every thing is possible for a few, when every thing is possible for every body then I might be envious.

          2. Dennis Pace profile image62
            Dennis Paceposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            A genius is one who can see ten things where others can only see one....You are my kinda lady!  Nice to see a real woman take up the fight for liberty.  A passionate advocate for liberty and justice for all,  especially for the silently silenced!!  The courage to live the life you love.

            1. John Holden profile image60
              John Holdenposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              Ah yes, a true fighter for the liberty to be exploited smile

              1. lady_love158 profile image61
                lady_love158posted 6 years ago in reply to this

                Why the constant whining by the left? Who is exploiting you and how? If you are being exploite its your own fault. Maybe if you whined less and did more to improve you own life you have a better understanding of freedom!

                1. John Holden profile image60
                  John Holdenposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                  Why is it whining when the left complains about the right but fair comment when the right complains about the left?

                  Who is exploiting me, easy, the right in the form of employers, insurance companies, the lawmakers, the capitalist system, etc..

                  Maybe if the left is destroying life as you know it, it's your fault. Oh no,I forgot, the right is the natural party of control isn't it?
                  I do have a good understanding of freedom, seemingly better than you who are a willing wage slave. For a start, unlike you I accept that not everybody wants what I want and that lack of want does not necessarily make them a lesser person, unlike you I don't demand that every body shares my way of life.

                  1. Jim Hunter profile image60
                    Jim Hunterposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                    You work you get paid and thats exploitation?

                    I guess you being dependent on the government to supply your needs isn't exploitation?

                  2. lady_love158 profile image61
                    lady_love158posted 6 years ago in reply to this

                    The "right" isn't exploiting you... you're a victim of your own inadequacy, or perhaps your own attitude. You have decided that since you can't achieve all that you wish that it must be through no fault of your own, that someone else is the reason for your failures... you chose to blame the right, but it wouldn't matter if the right didn't exist, you'd still be a failure and you'd still look to blame someone else.

                    That's just whining... we conservatives don't look to blame others for our fate, we believe one makes their own destiny by taking personal responsibility for it our self. We don't need nor want the government to help us nor do we want government to be an impediment, we simply want government to make sure we are kept free to achieve all that we can. If we complain about the left, it's because the left wants exactly the opposite! They want us to succeed collectively, they want those that work the hardest and achieve the greatest results to be responsible to the lazy do nothings that sit around all day whining about why they can't be rich without having to make any effort what so ever. Yes, that's the Utopian society of the left from each according to their ability to each according to their need. Why should anyone even try under such a system? Why when doing nothing provides an equal reward as the hard working over achiever? Why compete in any contest when everyone gets a prize?
                    I'll never understand the left!

  2. Dennis Pace profile image62
    Dennis Paceposted 6 years ago

    Thanks for your reply.  It was late last night, when I posted my thoughts. Glad to see you could make sense of my ramblings. we must be on the same wave length. We can begin today to live the life we love!

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    Erik S.posted 6 years ago

    That is pretty thought provoking.
    After twenty years of being an Atheist, I recently found God, which for me, definitely broke the shackles, but at the same time I understand that some may just see religion as another form of shackles. Either way, I never expected it. I would be the last person that anyone would ever think of to start going to church, so I guess what I'm trying to say is even if you don't think it'll ever happen, that someone coming to free you could be on their way already.

  4. Rafini profile image85
    Rafiniposted 6 years ago

    May I suggest you read Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison?  It's an excellent book that touches on the ideas of freedom vs slavery through several characters.  1 character lives his life as a slave to his fathers memory, while another goes in search of monetary gain only to find freedom.  Another character was born free - symbolically & literally - yet another chose to be a slave to a certain ideal. 

    The book is an excellent example of Dramatic Irony, in that the characters are all descendants of former slaves but also have white/Indian ancestry - and they are oblivious to that fact.


    So, my response to you post - A slave is someone who doesn't live according to their own will.

    1. kirstenblog profile image77
      kirstenblogposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Song of Solomon is one of the books of the bible, has someone else written a different book by the same name?

      1. Rafini profile image85
        Rafiniposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        yeah, Toni Morrison, in 1977 I believe.

  5. Daniel Carter profile image89
    Daniel Carterposted 6 years ago

    Many are slaves to God because they wait for him to free them instead of doing for themselves what they can. Why would any God prevent people from learning how to be free by constantly intervening for us?

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    Erik S.posted 6 years ago

    Haha, see what I mean?
    I don't want to get into it here, but we do in fact do for ourselves what we can. He does for us what we can't.
    Does the family of an addict not intervene when they want to see their loved one freed from their shackles of addiction?

    1. Daniel Carter profile image89
      Daniel Carterposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Intervention is only effective IF the person for whom it's done is willing to make that act effective. Otherwise, it's wasted. A family who intervenes for an addict member wastes their energy if that person is unwilling to make their help and intervention effective. We must first free ourselves, then and only then can any intervention be effective.

      There is nothing wrong with helping others. But enabling is different than empowering and help. That's the part that we often confuse ourselves about. If there is a God, it seems that this premise would be a basis for a lot of things.

      Incidentally, I'm not an atheist. After 5 decades of being a devout believer, I have determined that if there is a God, that God is nothing as any religion professes him to be.

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    Erik S.posted 6 years ago

    If someone would rather live day to day searching for their fix, then that is their choice, I can't argue with that, although I don't see how someone could find God against their own will. His "intervention" is very welcomed in my life. As a Christian, I'm sad to hear that you've lost the faith, but like I said, that is their choice.

    1. Daniel Carter profile image89
      Daniel Carterposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Not to worry, I've never felt better about my life and my spiritual connection. Making adjustments is not about disposing of "faith." It's about discovering the truth, and not becoming a slave to anything.

      As for the responsibility issue, it is what it is. Each must learn to free themselves according to the path in life they choose. Everything is as it should be. We go and do and be what we need to.

      If we need to be a slave to something, we become the slave. When we are done with it, we move on. When all you can think about is not being a slave, being free, you finally give yourself permission to be free, and things start to change for your freedom. The same is true with inner peace, and many other things.

  8. kevinwang128 profile image59
    kevinwang128posted 6 years ago

    good article

  9. Dennis Pace profile image62
    Dennis Paceposted 5 years ago

    The technique of infamy, is to invent two lies and to get the people arguing heatedly over which one of them is True.

  10. Dennis Pace profile image62
    Dennis Paceposted 5 years ago

    Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of a day; but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers, too plainly prove a deliberate, systematical plan of reducing us to slavery.

 
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