Day 298: Penny For Your Life

I have watched a few movies/TV shows based in Rome, or some other era that involved slavery and the trading of human life for money. I'm sure you've all seen at least one re-animation of this quirky part of human history (also, it still happens today), so I will assume you know what I'm talking about.

So these shows always go on about the slaves purchasing their freedom, which I find to be eerily familiar to our current situation: If one has lots of money, then one is free. The rest is just semantics. BTW:

semantics  plural of se·man·tics (Noun)

  1. The branch of linguistics and logic concerned with meaning.
  2. The meaning of a word, phrase, sentence, or text: "such quibbling over semantics may seem petty stuff".
Just in case you didn't know what that means. I had to look it up too, so don't be ashamed. Our education system is designed to create slaves, not educated people - so it's really not our fault that we're illiterate.

Anyway, we are in essence, slaves. The higher our worth, the more leeway we are afforded by the world and by the slave owners (those mighty titans who have purchased their freedoms and now hold sway over ours through various, cleverly disguised institutions).

The problem is that we don't know that we're slaves - we think we are free and we defend our apparent positions tooth and nail. It makes it difficult to change the world into a more pleasant place, because before there can be a rising up of the slaves there must first be an acknowledgement or realisation by the slaves that they are in fact slaves and must therefore break shackles in order to claim freedom. Obviously, there will be no breaking of bonds if we don't even know that the bonds are there.

So how does one convey the message to the whole of humanity that we are all round and not square as everyone believes? How can we change the world if we cannot even see it for what it is? How can we think freely if our very thoughts were molded by a system that is designed to oppress? How the hell are we going to do this?

I can't very well start spewing out motivational words, for they don't change the world. Only our actions will cause a change.