We can only be kept in the cages we do not see. A brief history of human enslavement – up to and including your own. From Freedomain Radio, the largest and most popular philosophy conversation in the world. http://www.freedomainradio.com
This is an eye-opening and thought-provoking video. The concept of human farms reminds me of the novel “Animal Farm” by George Orwell, which is a sociopolitical satire describing the same scenario in our modern societies. Every modern society that is run by a central government or authority has varying degrees of enslavement and control, through the use of violence, taxation, propaganda and so on. I think only some indigenous societies that are self-governing and have an egalitarian culture are truly free in a sense. Hopefully, more people will seriously consider a peaceful and peace-loving form of anarchism and learn to live a responsible and self-governing life that will render the ruling authorities redundant, or at the least, disempower them from enslaving the people like they used to.
About “Animal Farm” by George Orwell
George Orwell is the one who was famously known for his quote “In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” I just found out that his book “Animal Farm” can be read for free online here. It is one of the books I read for my own enrichment and reading pleasure during secondary school when studying English Literature. Back then, I didn’t really know it is a sociopolitical satire about the current systems in modern societies, and today, I can appreciate the insights offered in the novel as I begin to understand a bit more about how politics are run in the societies.
Thoughts on what took place in the human mind in the evolutionary process that made us slaves
The answer that came to my mind to the question on what took place in the human mind in the evolutionary process that made us slaves is the desire for power and control by some people to enslave others (through implementing their own exclusive or elitist ideology for the masses). I think the problem with most government or political systems is that the authorities profess to do all the thinking and decision-making for the masses, and the rest do not get to exercise their ability to think for themselves as much as they need to. It is then easy for those in power to become corrupt and manipulate the masses for their own agenda. I was re-reading the first two chapters of “Animal Farm” just now, and I see a similarity – once the animals in the farm have succeeded in overthrowing the dictatorial farm owners, the more outspoken animals such as the boars began to take charge of the whole farm, and started to rule over the other animals. It is the same thing under a different name. So I think one way out of enslavement is actually to empower every single being, instead of relying on one person or one party to lead the way in every aspect of our lives. We are our own co-creators and teachers and saviours, each responsible for our own individual as well as collective evolution and development.
I have noted that the beginning of the video focused more on the perspective that humans tend to have a fear of death, and some authorities decided to capitalise on that fear to control people. I think that is what many organised religions do too to control and manipulate people too, by using the innate fear of death to indoctrinate people about their own theories of death and afterlife, such as the so-called “heaven” as reward and “hell” as punishment. In the same way, governments that use military and might to rule by fear are perpetuating the problem of enslavement, so part of the way out of enslavement would be to promote non-violence and respect for all peoples.
- Andy Serkis Set to Direct ANIMAL FARM (geektyrant.com)