The nature of control

We have all heard it before "Slaves have no rights" or the other side of the coin "I'm not a slave, I have a mind of my own". While both may be true statements, the sentiment behind them causes a mass of confusion.

"Method is more important than strength, when you wish to control your enemies. By dropping golden beads near a snake, a crow once managed To have a passer-by kill the snake for the beads." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

First, do slaves have rights? Yes and No. They don't have any rights save what their master allows for them to have, and those can be given or taken at their master's will. Don't like that, be a submissive, slavery is a beast of a different color.

Are slaves doormats? Again yes and no. Depends on what their master wants, most masters don't want a doormat, because a doormat requires constant and total management. Most masters want to establish rules and protocols, and have the slave act to the best of their ability within those guidelines.

There are many methods to control, but ultimately the slave chooses to obey or not, and the master chooses to keep the slave or not. Often an obedient slave must be let go for no fault other than conditions are not what they need to be. Often a disobedient slave is kept, not out of weakness but out of compassion. Often a slave must be punished, but if that punishment is not productive, then what?

Where emotions get involved things get murky, where loyalty treads, things are often not as they seem. We often see situations that look odd to us from the outside, but whose nature becomes clear when we know the details.

"If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough." - Mario Andretti

3 Mar 2009 20:42:22


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