Originally Posted by Manomanman
Most emancipated slaves in post-civil war America had no idea what to do when set free. The purpose of their existence, to work, was gone. So yes, taking away a slave's purpose in life is a terrible form of punishment. A slave only wants to do one thing: work for the master. All of the hard choices in life - what to do, who to marry, what to do with your spare time...all of those burdens are GONE! Most slaves are glad to work for their master and will socially punish the defiant ones who are making everybody's life harder than it has to be (the same way that corporate wage slaves ostracize entrepreneurs).
Prisoners and chronic jobbers also experience disorientation and purposelessness when they lose contact with the institution that gave them purpose in life.
Whoa...better tell the ghost of Lincoln what an idiot he was for emancipating the slaves. You're heading off the deep end, and I really don't want you to get hurt. Look, when you're wrong, the best thing is just admit that your metaphor is wrong and move on.
Unless of course you REALLY think that freeing the slaves was a bad thing...then I don't think anyone here can help you.