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Slavery - The Real Essence Behind Human Existence


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Vikram
- 1382 days ago - suite101.com
We are all slaves, irrespective of whether we belong to corporate America, or are bonded laborers in India. The essence of humanity is that of being a slave to its own smallness. True freedom is within.



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Just Carole (338)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 8:34 am

Excellent, thought-provoking article.

Thanks, Vikram!

 

Alice C. (1797)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 8:37 am
Thank you for this post Vikram
 

Carol H. (229)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 8:38 am
very good article, thanks Viikram, noted
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 8:39 am
Noted, thanks Vikram.
 

Nina Papaioannou (27)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 8:43 am
interesting
 

(0)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 8:48 am
Thanks....very interesting.
 

Dandelion G. (384)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 8:51 am
The last words up top states it perfectly, "True freedom is within". Thank you for post.
 

Susan Pernot (75)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 8:52 am
Noted.
We are supposed to be free yet we are born into slavery in one form or another. :"(
Thanks Vikram
 

Debra D. (11)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 9:14 am
Thank you again, Vikram. You are an insightful individual and stellar writer.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 9:17 am
The truth hurts. Thanks. We have to fight them forever.
 

Bee S. (208)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 9:20 am
Noted. Thank You for sharing Vikram. agreeing with Susan Pernot & Debra G. (saved the article)
 

William Y. (54)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 9:23 am
noted
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 9:24 am
I agree with you entirely. Yet, it is easy to read this and hard to accept it in a personal sense. I strive to find my freedom spiritually and hope I may attain true freedom of self one day. Blessings, Love and Light!

"Human greed is the disease. Social inequality is the eventual outcome".So true Vikram.


 

Mike M. (56)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 9:26 am
noted A very good article
 

Hartson Doak (33)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 9:38 am
Very good thought provoking article. Those homeless among us may be the only free people in our society.
 

Kathy Javens (104)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 9:43 am
noted. I agree with you, Dandelion. And thank you Vikram for a most interesting read.
 

Calle J. (70)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 9:55 am

Thank you Vikram.
Truth will set us free.
 

Teresa K. (33)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 10:13 am
Noted thank you.
 

Sarah G. (110)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 10:29 am
excellent piece. thanks for posting. (Who amongst us is truly free?)
 

linda b. (190)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 10:53 am
Thank you Vikram for an excellent post
 

patricia lasek (317)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 10:57 am
Thank you Vikram. I always enjoy reading your pieces.

We are all slaves to something or someone.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 11:06 am
noted....great article...the one fact that so few people are even willing to consider is that we are all slaves...as long as money is power and it is controlled by just a few...then we are all slaves.....no one should have control of any critical survival needs......food, water, housing, medical are all basic needs...and as long as all of these needs are held hostage by the few with the money, then the money controls the people and we, the people are control by the monied few.....greed...no wonder it made the seven deadly sin list.....my only question now is...why do so many people decide to chase the greed...the dollar...that they will never attain....people just don't make it from the ranks to the top of the heap by hard work...for most people, they will die within the economic group they were born to.....slavery.....yes...that is the word for it.....greed, money, power...one and the same and all leading to our slavery.....and none of us even consider joining together to deal with the "monied" few who are controlling our lives, destroying our world and ignoring our needs....i think it's time they were replaced......
 

Richard Zane Smith (86)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 11:16 am
Vikram, your words echo wisdom of so many sages of the past.
thanks for presenting this truth in a fresh way.
When a person learns to recognize their OWN impulses and take charge to harness desire
one can experience freedom FROM impulsive obedience to them, as "wants" come our way.
I can KNOW intellectually that what i want isn't good for me, or for the future, or my children,
and yet still BE PULLED ,and enslaved into behaviors that are intrinsically destructive because I
have not mastered the discipline of true "choice" when i was calm and reflective.

For us to obtain (and maintain) a state for thanksgiving and joy with the present , will bring a calm,
a calm that the world needs so badly right now. Thanks again for sharing.
 

Fareena Narine (65)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 11:17 am
noted thanks vickram
 

Jeannette A. (146)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 11:25 am
Beautiful article....
I think that the determining factor is whether we are slaves by choice or by force. If we set our minds free from love of life, then no slavery can claim us even if we are in chains. If there is nothing claiming us but we do not love life... that becomes an impossible burden. Think of those who are at the top of our food chain with all their power, wealth and possesions... they are slaves to that which drives them to forever seek more because nothing is enough. The person who has nothing but is captivated by a sunset and reaches out to protect an animal or another person, is able to transcend his slavery, if only for a moment, to a place where he is really free.
 

Alicia N. (87)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 12:09 pm
- " Man is born free, but everywhere he is in chains " -. oh boy!! so true. And like the article said,we are slaves in many ways. We can change greed and hate for love and compassion, and also not giving the money a value that doesn't really have. Just remember ' money cannot buy happiness ".... A simple smart life, praying and knowing that I am in this beautiful world to serve others and make my life better is what keeps me going..... A big thank you to my Dear Vikram for this amazing and touching article. To all the people in Japan.... prayers.
 

Marta Away (55)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 12:32 pm
This is a great article. I read it with pleasure. Thanks Vikram.
 

Jerneja T. (66)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 12:35 pm
Dear Vikram, thank you for this great article! Very nicely written and so true.
 

John Y. (99)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 12:40 pm
Thank you Vikram, a very interesting article.
 

Ann L. (27)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 12:41 pm
Thanks Vikram. Great article and unfortunately very true. Slavery = greed + ego + control. Just imageine living in a world where everyone gets along and works together.
 

Vikram Chhabra (394)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 12:47 pm
Thank you all for your wonderful comments!

I believe Hartson has raised a very pertinent point. Are some of the homeless and poor people the only ones who are truly free?

I have always admired the freedom of tribal nomads, who live off the land and learn from the wisdom of nature. :)
 

Marilyn M. (142)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 1:05 pm
Noted. Thank you, Vikram, for this excellent, thought provoking article.
 

Bonnie B. (103)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 2:00 pm
Thank you, Vikram. Erik Fromme once said that there are 2 kinds of people: those whose goal is to be and those whose goal is to have. Those who wish to experience "being" value experience (a sunset, love, community,) and the process of being and becoming. Those whose goal is "having" gather things to themselves but never achieve satisfaction because that thing cannot give the satisfaction of being, therefore they are spurred to gather more things in an endless search for satisfaction. As things give them their only sense of wellbeing, if those things are taken away they are devastated. Unfortunately, most people have been indoctrinated into the "having" mode. Until the 1960's storage space didn't exist, now millions of acres are taken up by storage units. I agree, Vikram, the happiest I've ever been is when I was traveling all over the States in my little truck, meeting people, being in beautiful places, with just a few clothes, a couple pots and pans and a place to sleep in my truck. I rather envy those nomads, and hope to do that again.
 

Natividad P. (104)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 2:07 pm
Noted. Excellent and interesting article and very true! Thank you Vikram
 

Mike S. (86)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 2:38 pm
Superb article Vikram. Thank you very much for posting.
 

Brenda M. (133)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 2:51 pm
N'd, Thank You Vikram. What we carry on the inside, whether it be awareness of all the wonder of life and love of being, or a selfishness, entitlement and need to obtain, will remain there no matter how many inanimate objects your surrounded with!
 

Glenda J. (158)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 2:55 pm
Thanks for sharing Vikram
 

Dave C. (227)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 3:09 pm
interesting, thought creating....
 

adriana j. (22)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 3:19 pm
Yes, we are certainly all slaves... but some slaves are luckier than others, no? I'd say an 11 year old girl gang raped and filmed while being attacked is an unluckier slave than her disgusting attackers. Saying we are all slaves doesn't quite put the blame where it belongs although the article does include those facts.
 

desanka s. (403)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 3:30 pm
Hope one day world will be without chains! Great article. Thank you Vikram
 

Michael Carney (212)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 3:37 pm
Noted...Awesome article Vikram, and it's so true, we are all slaves to something or somebody...
 

Melody Aragorn (135)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 3:41 pm
The day man stops being a salve to his wants he would be a salve no more..
The day he chooses life over power for want of control and setting aside his false ego to be wanted by the ones around he'd be a slave no more..

From families who live for so called false pride, chaining their childrens thoughts to what they wished life to be... in societies. To bonded labours ...working anywhere its when the drive rather when the need or goal is not fixed man gets tangled in his own greed and turns himself from a free man to be a slave!!..

Stick to simple life and living..Earn Love and respect..how hard can that be??Be true in this life towards ourself, Respect life, know every life is here on a purpose, choose to live and let live in all sanity..will surely help erase this term slavery!!

Choose every second of life to 'Love to live life free'
Thanks Vikram C, for a very "simple truths of life" article..
Many green star to you my friend..
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 3:46 pm
Thank you for this article. Thought provoking.
 

Pamela K. (13)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 3:46 pm
I agree, Vikram! Though many are born into slavery through no fault of their own, too many of us in the "modern world" enslave ourselves. We need to recognize and free ourselves from "the Matrix". Therin lies true "being"!
 

bj. shaw (61)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 4:08 pm
here here Pamela K
 

Toni C. (508)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 4:14 pm
My dear Vikram... thank you for the thought provoking article... so sad, yet so true. I'm glad I never lived my life trying to keep up with the Jones'... a little food, a little warmth, a shelter from the storm, and I have always been satisfied... yet, just to get that little comfort, I, too, have been a slave.
 

Rajee Seetharam (138)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 4:23 pm
Glaring truth and nothing can be done immediately!! What about women slaves in their own homes...with their freedom of anything and everything snatched and dumped forever?!?
Thanks Vikramji! So true about freedom being within...bring it to the fore and help yourself and others.
 

Beth M. (46)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 4:57 pm
..smiles*..beautiful words...thanks..*..x
 

Henriette Matthijssen (148)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 5:19 pm
We are born free & also possess free will! Those who have less actually have more! The less you have attachment to material possession the more freedom one has. Money is only as valuable as what good one can accomplish having it! Those seeking those riches are truly the real slaves! Enjoy & appreciated the little things in life which God gives to everyone for free as what you work a lifetime for is truly never attainable & makes you a slave of your own greed!
I have my basic needs met for food, water, shelter & enough to pay my bills. The rest I leave to God to handle! I make sure that my time is well spent doing good & helping as nothing else truly matters at the end of my day!
My life is lived by only doing to others what I can easily experience! In the end you are truly only a slave to yourself! Love & Truth will set you free & bring you happiness abound! Awesome awareness article my Dear Friend Vikram! Set yourself FREE!
 

Abo r. (103)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 5:29 pm
Noted thank you for this interesting and important artickle
 

Henriette Matthijssen (148)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 5:36 pm
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Carol Dreeszen (362)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 5:49 pm
Noted!! Thank You!
 

Lin Penrose (92)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 6:23 pm
Thank you Vikram and Henrietta, In our complex human social systems, customs, and beliefs, most of us exist somewhere between Predator and Prey. The 'in-between' is probably the most important, and where mental freedom can be obtained. The connections of survival, however, are often difficult to deal with.
 

Cheryl B. (64)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 6:38 pm
Vikram, thanks for telling the world
 

Gloria H. (88)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 7:00 pm
Slave to my body. Storing up savings for when I will need medical help as it goes downhill with age- arthiritis, sight. Slave to keeping it warm-shelter (energy/fuel). Slave to keeping it fed- this time, with better quality food.Slave to work- getting the money to save. Car to get to work. Slave for it's upkeep and fuel/insurance/maintainance.
Slave to even the fun things-art supplies/cat-food, veterinary bills. Cat- she who must be obeyed.For her, I am a slave to love.
 

Kim O. (398)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 7:10 pm
Very interesting article!!! Thanks for sending Vikram!!!
 

Jason T. (8)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 7:29 pm
Pyschical reality is not "fake", it is just how we (erroneously) perceive reality. So no, freedom does not come from (solely)"within". It is very much also external, a slave is a slave whether he has piece of mind or not.

"Freedom from within" is a lie, or at least a inaccurate statement, used to pacify the masses. Or perhaps, it's just a coping mechanism created by the oppressed; or a just another false belief created by human ignorance.

Fighting against your inner demons is important to free yourself, but you must actually live freely to.
 

Cary Mostly-Away (94)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 8:07 pm
Yes, man is born free,
that is until the ink dries on his birth certificate.
That's the exact moment in your life you became incorporated
into a HUMAN RESOURCES system of the continent you were born on.
Our parents looked after us through all the tough expensive times, trials and tribulations of raising us, but someone else owns us from the getgo,
you might even remember your number by heart.
It's a very cleaver system of invisible chains to keep us permanently in debt and stressed out to the point that we won't have the time or energy to look behind the dark curtain to see who's really pulling the strings.
It's called putting a mule in a hampster wheel.

Every country owes billions of FIAT ilusionary dollars- to WHO ?
Only a few families at that cash register now but this fiat system is crumbling everywhere because of the greedy robbing HOODS at the helm.

When it comes to the world standard of all fiat systems going t*ts up you can expect a little blowback somewhere on the resisters.
If it hasent been bad enough lately look for more world turmoil created under the guise of something else as a diversion to get away with the crime.
Stay save all,
and avoid unnecessary risks until these guys are all flushed out.

Thanks for the article Vikram
through Henriette
 

Stan B. (123)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 8:57 pm
Yet another thought-provoking article. Thanks Vikram,
 

Susan S. (191)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 9:11 pm
There is a very interesting book by Erich Fromm "Escape from Freedom" and the concept of Freedom From versus Freedom To is very important. It seems that people are often afraid of true freedom so they become followers - this can become dangerous if they are following dictators because they do not think for themselves or question authoritarian power. What people need to learn is how to follow ethics and how to seek the truth as well as how to discern between what is good for the community and the greater good and what is not. If they blindly follow leaders because they are afraid to question then this can lead to corrupt government or to anarchy. It is interesting to ponder the issue of Freedom From Fear as well.
 

Edgar Zuim (48)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 9:52 pm
In a way, we are all slaves of someone. For example, an employee in an
industry that is submitted to any situation to be promoted, employers who
charge production of its employees, etc.
It is only a matter status. In the higher social spheres the slavery is called
servitude.
Vikram, your article is very interesting and instructive. What really saddens
me is to see children being exploited when they should be in school and
playing like any normal child. Unfortunately this happens all over the world.
Here in Brazil is not different. Children are enslaved and suffer mistreatment.
Unfortunately child's international right and people's right are a joke.


Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

Will we ever get there? We have everything to make this happen and not just imagination as the
music of John Lennon.
 

Carmen S. (69)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 10:05 pm
I agree with Toni, being very poor in my childhood, I never wanted to keep up with the Joneses as I grew up. Being married happy with our vacations and home and children. Never wanted for anything with a hard working husband not that I did not work hard also in my way.

To this day although we are not rich I thank God Everyday for our life and wonderfull sons. Love not money is the important thing. Saying this of course you do have to have money to live but you do not have to be a millionaire.
 

Nancy C. (812)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 10:11 pm
The truth can be sadly poetic or graghically sad. But I still imagine too. Thank you Vikram.
 

Jae A. (321)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 10:34 pm
A very interesting read..well writen/expressed piece. Thank you Vikram. Very different views from the comments above...all intereting and enjoyable reading also. Slavery is all around true...."Freedom,just another word for nothing left to lose''...[Kris Kristoferson ]...maybe there is also truth in those words.
 

HELEN V. (52)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 10:59 pm
this is a great article- and it is unfortunately true - unless we let go of our ego we will never be truly free and we will always be in some kind of bondage... I do believe however that more and more people are beginning to realize this and are striving to keep to the necessities and are discovering the real beauty of our existence. The fact your article has so many comments if proof of this.... Here is to freedom for all including all the much maligned fauna of our beautiful planet.
 

VinnieSick m. (327)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 11:00 pm
Thanks Vikram my friend for another interesting article. Did you notice I Joined your OIPA Group last night? Goodnight.
 

Petra Haisam (132)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 11:32 pm
I really like your articles. Thank you.
 

Save Mother Earth (47)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 11:50 pm
Keep It up!!!!! I really like your article. Thank you...
 

Sarvo Pama (2891)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 12:06 am
Freedom is only there for one who can control the senses.
 

Penelope P. (222)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 12:14 am
Swift des cribed the dilema sometime ago:

Big fleas have little fleas
upon their backs to bite em
Little fleas have lesser fleas
So on ad-infinitum
in any case what is greed and what need is defined by social custom. In my country we have poverty but the poorest of us are rich compared to many in Sub-Sahara Africa
Saint Augustine as opposed to Rousseay considered the new born baby an egotistical savage so did Blake.

And one wonders how sincere Rousseau was in his affection and love and respect for children as he abandoned his own to be bought up in an orphanage while he focussed his energies on giving birth to the children of his imagination.

I do not think it is only greed that we need to overcome-What are roughly described as the seven gdeadly sins all have immense social impact;Greed is only one of them.
Anger,avariciousness,Lust,Sloth,Envy,Vanity the basis of the WIFMs (What's in it for me)of advertising
are all implicated In what drives people into wage slavery,bond slavery ,indented labor,etc and maintains the existence of poverty -itwould seem even unto the ends of the earth
 

Ioana B. (132)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 12:38 am
Noted,thank you
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 1:01 am
"Grasping at things can only yield one of two results:
Either the thing you are grasping at disappears, or you yourself disappear.
It is only a matter of which occurs first."
Goenka

Here is another view on the self-slavery

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM WITH ATTACHMENT? (the strongest form of Self slavery)

Although attachment may at first appear to be much less destructive than anger and hatred, in terms of being caught up in the uncontrolled process of rebirth, it is actually the bigger evil. Attachment to pleasure and ultimately to life itself as our inborn survival instinct, is the main type of misunderstanding that holds us prisoner in samsara.
An example to illustrate attachment that I love:

In the South of India, people used to catch monkeys in a very special way. Actually they let monkeys catch themselves. What they did is cutting a small hole in a coconut, just large enough for a monkey to put its hand in. Next, you fix the coconut to a tree, and fill it with a sweet. The monkey smells the sweet, squeezes its hand into the coconut, grabs the sweet and .... finds that the fist does not fit through the hole. Now the trick is, that the last thing the monkey will think of is to let go of the sweet; and it holds itself prisoner. Nothing could be easier for a human being who comes and catches it.

The Buddha compared desires to being in debt. If you owe money to the bank for your house, every month you have to pay. In the end, you will own the house. With sensual desires however, you cannot pay off the debt; they arise again and again. Hunger, thirst, lust for sex, warmth, coolness, they all come back again and again. Trying to fulfil our desires is like carrying water to the sea; a never ending task and ultimately completely useless.

In some very direct words of the Buddha:

"I have killed all of you before.
I was chopped up by all of you in previous lives.
We have all killed each other as enemies.
So why should we be attached to each other?"

Ajahn Sumedho, in 'Teachings of a Buddhist Monk':

"Desire can be compared to fire. If we grasp fire, what happens? Does it lead to happiness?
If we say: "Oh, look at that beautiful fire! Look at the beautiful colors! I love red and orange; they're my favorite colors," and then grasp it, we would find a certain amount of suffering entering the body. And then if we were to contemplate the cause of that suffering we would discover it was the result of having grasped that fire. On that information, we would hopefully, then let the fire go. Once we let fire go then we know that it is something not to be attached to.
This does not mean we have to hate it, or put it out. We can enjoy fire, can't we? It's nice having a fire, it keeps the room warm, but we do not have to burn ourselves in it."

John Snelling, from 'Elements of Buddhism':

"If the basic project of mainstream Buddhist practice is to unmask the ego illusion for what it is, one of the main prongs of attack is directed against desire. Desire gets a very bad press in the Buddhist scriptures. It is a poison, a disease, a madness. There is no living in a body that is subject to desire, for it is like a blazing house.
Now, desire lives and grows by being indulged. When not indulged by the application of ethical restraint and awareness, on the other hand, it stabilizes and begins to diminish, though this is not an easy or comfortable process, for the old urges clamor for satisfaction for a long time.
This kind of practice cuts directly against the main currents of modern consumer society, where desire is energetically encouraged and refined to new pitches and variations by the powerful agencies of marketing and publicity. But it also cuts against the more moderate desires-for family, wealth, sense-pleasures and so on sanctioned in simpler, more traditional societies, including the one into which the Buddha was born. We can never be at peace while desire is nagging at us."

 

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 1:04 am
In an in-depth study of the Buddhist attitude to slavery, consideration should be given not only to the better known Buddhist doctrines such as "loving kindness (metta), "compassion or sympathy (karunā) and "non-violence (avihimsa), but also to the unfortunately and up to now lesser known egalitarian teachings of Buddhism spelt out in a number of Suttas. These should also be taken into account. Buddhism would say that all human beings should be considered equal and treated alike on anthropological (D.iii,93 f), biological (Sn. Vv. 600-611), ethical (D.iii,250 f.), legal (M.ii,84 f),moral (M.ii,86), religious (M.ii,128 if. et 147 f) and sociological (At. ii,149) considerations, in addition to all other justifiable grounds that may be adduced. Buddhist social philosophy stands for equality of all human beings and a doctrine in which some are "more equal than others is at total variance with it.

 

Chien Chao (105)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 2:24 am
Thank you Vikram
 

Anna Smith (493)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 2:53 am
Great article..thank you Vikram..
 

Stella AWAY W. (258)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 3:11 am
Thanks Vikram - very thought provoking. True freedom can only come from within.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 3:25 am
No person and no company shall be entitled to use another person for their own purposes. An employee must have a good salary. No one should work for free for someone else.
 

Arild Warud (170)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 4:18 am
Thanks for the post Vikram.
 

Chavonne Harvey (46)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 5:04 am
very interesting way to look at slavery, hmmmm. Makes you think.
 

Ness F. (211)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 5:04 am
Thank you Vikram
 

JustaHuman Here (53)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 5:24 am
The trick is not to let the slaves letting feel that they are slaves.
 

Esther Z. (96)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 5:56 am
Noted. Thanks for posting this article, Vikram. Illusion is greated by "the haves" so "the have nots" can continue to serve them. American are now learning, the hard way, their illusion of the "middle class" was created by corporated America's greed, and the illusion of wealth created by "credit". We Americans are going to find out how truly poor we are, and hopefully our poverty will only be of the material kind, and not of the soul.
 

Natalie Away J. (125)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 6:14 am
Thanks Vikram and to Henriette for forwarding. It's a great article and so true as well.
 

Maria P. (151)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 7:06 am
thanks
 

Red S. (0)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 7:17 am
True as well as a sad thought.
 

Victoria S. (19)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 7:19 am
Noted, very thoughtful and well written
 

Robert Tomlinson (65)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 7:54 am
If you would like to do more than read about the slavery issue go to http://www.freetheslaves.net/ . This organization actually risks lives and money to free slave in India and elsewhere.
 

Sharon Balloch (132)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 8:14 am
thank you so much...
 

Akesha Wilton (13)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 8:45 am
Mostly i see this mentality among Indians as they want the people less previleged to them to work free. This is disgusting.I've seen lots of indian companies make their staff to work overtime without paying them.
 

Brian M. (202)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 9:53 am
The illusions that make our day to day lives possible must be cast aside. Freedom starts within. Or, to put it another way, some times you have to crack a few eggs to make an omelet.
 

IE Ries (237)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 10:17 am

Agree with the article, and the many comments here.

Let me just add that there is a slave population that by far outnumber the human slaves on the planet, and who even the human slaves in the article are guilty of exploiting, too: ANIMALS.

Let's not ever forget that at the very bottom of the pile, stepped on, abused, tortured, incarcerated and executed for a human's greedy desire for flesh are all billions of animals of the world. They suffer the most because of human behaviour, and especially the behaviours described in the article.

Slavery is an insidious system that knows no limits and is imposed by those can do it at any given point in time. Life is worthless if slavery exists because as long as there is one creature that can be reduced to slavery, all risk being reduced to that state.

Thank you for posting this article, Vikram, it is a great lesson to think about!
 

Eva O. (60)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 10:22 am
Wow, thank you very much for this thought-provoking article. And thank you too, people who took the time to write insightful comments!
 

Alet Coetzee (59)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 10:47 am
Noted, thank you.
 

Albert M. (112)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 12:47 pm
Quite right Vikram. Unfortunately humans evolved to dominate all other animals and plants by developing the unwholesome qualities of greed, hatred, lust and inflated egos to such a degree that results in conflicts domestically, nationally and internationally.

Our desires grew from fulfilling basic needs to wanting more and more material objects and money. In developed countries we may have freedom of desire but not the freedom from desire so we are still slaves to desire and certainly a long way from being peaceful with ourselves; much less being peaceful with the world.
 

Krasimira B. (175)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 2:47 pm
To be and to have - that is the challenge! Excellent article, thank you Vikram.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 4:58 pm
Interesting.
 

Ginger Strivelli (20)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 5:12 pm
Greed and perversion is the root of slavery why not attack the cause.
 

AniMae Chi (434)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 5:43 pm
Perfectly said!
For those able to be still & contemplate....
Wisdom & Ultimate Liberation are within each & every one of us.
 

Carrie B. (318)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 5:58 pm
Thought provoking, and well said. Thank you fro the post.
 

wooddragon xx (88)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 7:11 pm
Cheers Vikram...

Great article and I know I am a slave to way too many things on this earth...

"Before complaining that you are a slave to another, be sure that you are not a slave to self. Look within;...You will find there, perchance, slavish thoughts, slavish desires, and in your daily life and conduct slavish habits. Conquer these; cease to be a slave to self, and no man will have the power to enslave you."
~James Allen - New Zealander Statesman Minister of defense (1912-20), 1855-1942

Peace to you...
wooddragon
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 8:45 pm
thanks for you great article
 

Patricia Geller (34)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 8:48 pm
noted.
 

Audrey Wildlife-Matters (61)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 10:44 pm
So, true in many ways: the people in government may feel, act or give impression as though they control us, all for their corrupt intentions. They may not realize that this feeling of being powerful is a glamour all its own. They delude themselves who believe that they can control or in any way manipulate the people of integrity. Those of integrity realize that they have a free will in all circumstances, and they do not compromise neither their values nor do they adjust their actions to the demands of tyrants. In my personal and humble opinion, it is better to live with small amounts of basic necessities than in riches-gained-through corruption, as in the end, not even the wealthiest tyrant is going to be able to take their material riches into the otherworld. Thank you for an interesting article Vikram.
 

Ruth R. (216)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 11:32 pm
noted shared
 

SANDRA ROCHA (146)
Friday March 18, 2011, 5:04 am
Noted and shared. Thank you Vikram.
 

Renee A. (4)
Friday March 18, 2011, 5:07 am
intereting & good article..thank you
 

Lynne Buckley (0)
Friday March 18, 2011, 9:51 am
Interesting article.
 

Kriti S. (26)
Friday March 18, 2011, 10:48 am
The article is true to its words, but I strongly DISAGREE with the present day outcome, more so, dissapointed rather than disagree. ( I just wanted to grab your attention by capitalizing the word "disagree")
This was true when we were savages and userpers in the 18th to the 20th Century.
Are we the same savages and barbarians with blackberry and iphones, or do we make a change to become more civil in the 21st century and stop the manipulation, oppressive behavior and injustice that plagued our narrow mindedness in the past.
 

helene Cardinal (101)
Friday March 18, 2011, 2:12 pm
Great Article and so true! Thanks
 

Janin S. (25)
Friday March 18, 2011, 3:35 pm
Very well-written article, I enjoyed it very much. Thank you for sharing it with us.
 

Shannon V. (12)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 12:08 am
Great article. Great comments too from other readers...
 

Yanula P. (50)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 10:52 am
Thank you.Thought provoking article
 

Genoveva M M. (334)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 8:11 pm
"His chains are self-imposed, as he matures into the beast who defines society".
Making him/her greedy, money hunger, needy/careless of others, depending of materialistic means= Chains of habit, in which we lost our freedom.
Thanks Vikram.
 

Lika S. (130)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 1:44 am
How profoundly true, that we are slaves to greed, hate, and more.
 

Mary P. (157)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 11:11 am
Vikram - thank you, great article, unfortunately most of us are
Slaves to our wants and desires; so often ,we are the enemy,
Of our Own Freedom; directly or indirectly; intentionally or unintentionally.
 

Colin Hope (243)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 1:14 am
Excellent article Vikram and thank you!!
 

Tarequl M. (170)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 9:32 am
Noted with thanks.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 10:45 am
Well written and thought provoking article Vikram. Thank you
 

mariah f. (67)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 5:24 pm
Really "man is born free, but everywhere he is in chains". I liked the info.
 
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