Originally Posted by carlon
You know I hate to get all serious on a personal development forum, but there are modern slaves in parts of Africa, the Middle East, and Asia who'd probably love to be a "modern wage slave".
I hate to point out the hard cold reality of the world, because bouncing around theoretical notions of the meaning of slavery is much more fun.
I used to let that serve as a justification for remaining a wage slave. "It's not all THAT bad, right? I could have been born a real slave!"
That was never any consolation to me. I'm still feeding my power to my employer and lowering my contribution to the world. The state of mind of the slave and the state of mind of the wage slave are closer than you would imagine. Both are kept in ignorance; both live in a state of stress and fear. Real slaves are sometimes treated better than wage slaves. It all depends on who your slave master/boss is, really.