Slavery – The Black and White Difference between East and West

An historical look at slavery in man’s world. Sometimes I wonder if, with the visible collapse of civilization, those who drive the collapse aren’t making plans to re-instate slavery in chains as was the case. Modern man feels rather smug that such a thing is no longer possible, but the signs are all around that it is more than possible, it is a certainty.

Life in Russia

The Expansion East

While United States was expanded westward, Russia was expanding east creating a vast empire. At the height of the Russian Federation‘s expansion it covered one sixth of Earth‘s land surface which is comparable to the total landmass of North America. Today Russia is one eighth of the worlds’ total landmass. As it is, it’s twice the size of the United States and spanning nine time zones. Only the British and Mongol empires were greater in size. See more here.

The Greeks were First to Expand into Russia

The Greeks were the first to appear in the written history of Russia, settling on the northern shores of the Black Sea around 700 B.C. It would take another 1500 years for the Vikings to establish their presence in Russia. Forming what would come to be know as Kievan Rus, they secured trade routes to Persia and…

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15 thoughts on “Slavery – The Black and White Difference between East and West

  1. Woebegone but Hopeful

    Slavery has not gone away. There is a thriving slave trade in the UK. Sex-workers for UK brothels. It has me reaching for my metaphysical semi-automatic weapon (not being light-hearted, I mean it)

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    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Thanks for your comment, Roger. It is horrifying to realize what you say, that slavery may have changed from forced capture, chains and physical beatings only to take on a more subtle shade of economic oppression, forcing people to sell themselves, or their children, for money which gives the right to exist. Surely that’s an indication that this entire civilization is an abject failure. And if it is a failure, who, or what, is responsible for that failure? I tend to blame man’s innate nature that overall is lacking in compassion and empathy.

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  2. deaththelifestory

    I’m with Woebegone but Hopeful. Slavery is still with us. And not just the sex-workers he rightly mentions – but also those working in very trying conditions on arable land. It’s a worry.

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    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Thanks for the comment. It is sad, what “we” as a species do to each other, how we so “naturally” oppress, extort and kill. I’ve never been able to reconcile myself to this predatory mindset. I just don’t understand it.

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  3. Lisa R. Palmer

    Scary thoughts, but I agree with Roger – slavery, as described here is alive and well in the world. Children forced to serve as soldiers, women treated as property, etc. And then the whole human trafficking sex empires, of course…

    I found the role of education to be fascinating in this article, as educated slaves became “productive” members of society eventually, while the uneducated remained domesticated animal labor. With the gradual, and now fatal, destruction of education in American society today, I think western slavery of the “average Joe or Jane” has already happened; we are nothing more than domesticated animal labor for the moneyed elite.

    And the way we, as slaves, divide ourselves into caste, race and religious subgroups, ensures we will never rise up efficiently against our owners. It is a very effective practice… 😦

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    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Quote: “we are nothing more than domesticated animal labor for the moneyed elite.” That is true, to the degree that we play their game, and the deepest part of the game is to keep us believing that we must always be “survivors” and always satisfy the demands of the body. That’s where they have us. Before we were mentally lowered to believing that we are nothing more than “smart” animals with no real mind and no spirit, there was “the Church” with a different carrot and stick approach: if you were a good slave of God, i.e., you obeyed your priests (ministers or whatever) then you would go to heaven. If you did not toe the line of whatever particular religion you were born into, or your nation endorsed, you could lose your life, usually by the worst kind of torture imaginable, but worse, you were certainly going to hell. Each “Power” (whether the Church, the State, or Money) has its particular carrot and stick to motivate the slaves. That’s the Matrix.

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      1. Lisa R. Palmer

        Interesting the point you make about making us believe we must be survivors. That has come up for me quite a lot lately, and I was pondering what the lessons might be. I did not, however, connect it with this whole slavery business…

        Thank you for pointing that out. 🙂

  4. A writer from the East

    Having met and interviewed countless slaves in abject miserable and horrifying experiences across many regions, I find it post very relevant and kudos for touching on a topic that most people otherwise pretend ignorance and denial.
    On a more somber note, I feel that we become slaves the moment we are born – if not to our families, nation, ethnicity, religion, sex than as human we are slaves to our emotions, our feelings and our thought processes. That is enough for me to like go silent..

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    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Thanks for your comment. Slavery is a deep, deep pit, and it has many levels. In my Catholic upbringing, the catechism taught that man was born a slave to his sinful nature. However that nature came about, there is some obvious truth to that statement, I think. While some individuals are capable of, and demonstrate, amazing depths of self-sacrifice in service of others, the overall human condition is one of selfishness; of use and abuse regardless of consequences.

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