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Has the System of Slavery Ended in the World?
|by T. A. Ramesh|
He is a slave of his own community; he cannot say anything against it; if he says so, he will be called a traitor, betrayed the reputation of his community and so, he has to be punished by expulsion. Is it justice or dharma? The thought deepens! Without free ideas can any community develop? Person of blooming ideas cannot breathe here! Hierarchical system harasses harnessing all in tradition, quite ageless, out worn and ineffective in practice today!
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No one is free in this world; but nobody knows about the other world! All are roaming round for peace, joy and liberty; where they are getting these there they are settling to live. That is the nature of any reasonable man; but those who commit to any community are contrary to Nature in this world community.
Moon, the slave of Earth rotates round it; it is the natural law it cannot escape from it. So also Earth and other planets rotate round the Sun. Tree anchored to the ground gives fruits and shelter. Tigers that hunt the herds cannot graze like the herds. Cattle cannot hunt lions or tigers to live as lions or tigers. This is natural justice they all have to follow for survival! If man, a moving being, stands still it is an achievement! Bird cannot live in water and fish in the air; but frogs, crocodiles and hippos can live in water or on land!
Then man is a slave of his own habits too. He is a slave of his own emotion. He is a slave of his own intellect. He is a slave of his own spirit. By his very nature he may have control over his habits and can become a master of his own Self; but he can never become a master of his own fate. Fate and fortune are framed by the laws of God. But the laws of man can be changed by time!
Lord Buddha successfully experimented the means of love to achieve the end desirable by all. Six hundred years after Lord Jesus followed the same means to achieve the salvation for mankind. And in our century Mahatma Gandhi also practised the same means to achieve the independence of India. More than the success for them all following the good means to achieve the good end is more important. Why can’t now also people think of experimenting new means to put an end to slavery? Surely the end of slavery can be achieved if new means suitable to the time is adopted, the best means of existence for all men! But due to lack of strong will slavery of one form or other is still prevailing all over the world!
It is not for the masters to be convinced but the slaves to think to change the system. India got freedom from foreign domination by passive resistance following the Gandhian philosophy of non-violence rather than other thoughts of violence. Convincing even the minority group with justice in the democratic spirit was the method of Gandhi, the sure means to achieve success whatever be the crisis! Achievement in silence is much more effective than through speeches of violence. Magnanimity of the meek man could not be mistaken for weakness by violent men. But in the modern world the incorrigible dogmats have to be contained by their own methods; and so, intelligent efforts are needed much to arrest the attention of rigid men to accept reason!
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