no. just to many modern day fools who still have belief in a Federal Government that shift the very rich taxes on the masses and call it a tax cut, let banks rob them with the government help. get the people to pay 87% the cost of oil refinery and still charge the people very high for the oil that they already pay for, invaded two countries on lies on the people while the people who country they came for get the U S business, make every one in the U S buy health insurance, and never ask how you get trillions of dollars of debt from billions and not knowing that there true worth and wanting to go unarmed. slave no . fools .yes for letting our federal government drain every dime from the masses to the so-called elite of the super rich. and it not the fault of the rich, it the people who keep the same crooks in office and I,m not talking about the President for he out every 4 to 8 years
No, definitely not. I am not living in a foreign country with foreign customs and languages. I won't be easily deceived and treated like slaves. I know where to turn for help if I am being intimidated using normal channels, saving me from further discrimination and harassment. Interventions are needed both at the national level and the regional level, but the most important factor in preventing 'slavery' is to educate yourself and stand up for your rights.
We all are in a sense. After all, we largely depend on other people to provide food, drink, heat, electricity and energy. And when I say other people, I mean governments and corporations, essentially we are livestock who supplant these 'people' by paying taxes or buying consumer goods.
If you have a mortgage, or any debt, you are a slave for the simple reason that your creditors are your masters.
Americans collectively owe vast amounts to the FED who in turn have a charge over ALL Americas assets, your assets included, so by default (literally) you are owned by the Bankers who own the Fed.
I must be a modern slave because I do what society tells me to do, like make money, and I do not own a gun. I am thinking about how this began and how to break free from that box around my head.
No because I get paid by my employer and I'm free to seek alternative employment.
We are all slaves to some degree whether it is to the banks who own us financially, the institutional religions who own us spiritually, or the makers of consumables who own us through our appetites. Even our intellects are owned to some degree by the designers of school and university curriculums.The media own our political opinions... the list goes on. We are slaves to the desires of others and ourselves... It is a difficult nut to crack and no mistake. The only way I can see to avoid it, is to abstain from modern society - which might be tricky. No bank account, no T.V., no newspaper, no state schooling... it's probably not all that practical an end to achieve.
Happy to report I am not a modern slave. How I spend my time is largely dictated by nature. I have to plant and I have to harvest at particular times, but that's fine with me. I enjoy being in sync with the seasons.
Fortunately these days I only need to feed my family. We have no power bills, no credit cards, no ball and chain. Banks still grow fat but with no help from me!
If you're trying to make the comparison that I read into this question it's offensive beyond belief. I'm hoping it's just one of your ?'s that you didn't think about before asking it.
Greensleeves kind of touched on my thoughts but my comment is too long to fit here. I think I know what you are trying to say but we'll have to talk about it somewhere else. Damn HP :-)
i have been a slave twice during my life time
Firstly i willingly signed a contract committing
myself to serving a Woman who tuned out to
having a cocaine and expensive tastes. She got
her lawyer friends to threaten me into keeping it
I'm sure 'slave' is being used here in very generalised terms and possibly with light-hearted intent, but no, I would say we are not slaves. We have financial or legal restrictions on how we can live, but In any society which is not an anarchy, there have to be such restrictions. Society cannot work without rules and those rules inevitably impinge on the freedoms which some would like to exercise. The important point in democracies is for those rules to be tolerated for as long as they exist, and then overturned through free elections if we wish to do so.
I feel the use of 'slave' - even 'modern slave' to describe our lives - is not ideal - as used too generally it can trivialise and diminish the suffering of those who have truly lived under conditions of slavery both in the past, and in the present day.
You mean like the homeless? Our society chews people up and spits them out without mercy.
We'll have to disagree on that one. Nobody lives in a utopia, but nobody wants people to be homeless. All democratic societies just do the best they can for the largest possible number of people. I'd like to know how a society could be better run?
I try my best not to be, but our society is so intertwined, its hard to escape it.
Yes we are slaves of technology. We have gone too far from the nature unnaturally.
I believe that we are slaves. And in more ways than before. At least people in the past were able to hunt/grow their own food and build their own houses. Yes, the did depend on other people to get things done but they were still more independent than we are. At the moment I wouldn't survive without the modern society but I am learning to live more independently.
And we are not only slaves because we couldn't survive without the modern society but we are also slaves because we live in the world they have invented. We watch mindless reality tv, read celebrity gossips and live in our own technological cocoon that makes more or less brain dead zombies. We should learn to live more in sync with nature and appreciate little things in life.
slaves typically conform to the masses and don't put up a fight. It's OK to be different. The media has made the masses slaves. Many people form their opinion with what they see on TV. They consider the speaker an authority whether it be an actor/actress or news anchor ....BECAUSE the speaker is on TV so they must be important.
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