“[A]fter the admission of slavery, it was right to say nothing of Christianity . . . It is easy to be inconsistent. Congress made this important declaration, ‘that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, and that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,’ and these truths were held to be self-evident. . . For God’s sake, then, let one more effort be made to prevent so terrible a calamity.” – Timothy Pickering, 1785
Among men, perhaps the spirit of slavery can never be fully washed away. It never died after the Civil War, nor after Reconstruction, nor into the 20th Century. We still have slavery today, even in its different form. Most of us are quite comfortable as sloggers, with the possession of our lives under the exacting care of masters, bosses, and freedmen corporations.
Slavery is comfortable enough. Although it prevents us from realizing the wealth of our successes, it takes care of us. We are housed and fed, essentially, and left somewhat free in our off time, as long as it is properly scheduled. Depending on our owner, and his name, whether Dept of or Corp., on duty or off we have some options remaining, some places to go, and some things to do, even as the list of prohibitions slowly grow.
In fact, we rarely think about it. Most of have never had property seized or bought land that we cannot use. We rarely suffer more than being fired or held to a steady wage despite our health or productivity. We can always change owners. At least, one or two of them. If we object to ABC Corp, we simply move to XYZ. If New York’s agenda disgusts us, we move to New Jersey and its demands. Easy-peasy, even as they, too, respond and react to the fed.
Jove fixed it certain, that whatever day
Makes man a slave, takes half his worth away.
– Homer, the Odyssey
It even becomes hilarious when we realize that the very 14th Amendment to the Constitution intended to free us from the burdens of slavery is the one that gives our masters their superhuman powers. Yes, just like “all men are created equal” allowed us to own slaves in 1785, the 14th Amendment makes us slaves in 2019.
So quit complaining, child.