My nephew (Sushant) has started his new blog and he started off with a great topic – Being Slave. However, as the comments started up and we picked up the debate it left me with this thought – “Be a Slave or Be Selfish”. In one of his comments, Sushant mentioned that there is nothing called “Selfless deed” and argument being – if a person chooses to be selfless and take up pain, that is for their self-satisfaction and hence it is not self-less.
I see things a little differently. Let me first explain now I perceive these 2 scenarios:
- Slave: Is a person who does not have a choice and are asked to do something against their wish.
- Selfish: Is a person who performs a deed for their own happiness.
Every person will fall in either of the two categories.
In my comment here, I have explained the point where people are given the option of being able to choose or not. What is unquantifiable, is the fact if someone has chosen. It is easy to spot bondage and slavery when it is physical and people are chained and beaten when they don’t do as asked for. However, when someone is chaining their thoughts and taking away their free-will it is simply not quantifiable.
To set the semantics right, it is not one’s choice to be a slave and in relations one would not even know that they are slaved because they are brain-washed by the master. A Slave in relation would not even know what hit them, and they are driven by a feeling within them that leads them to believe and do what their “master” says.
It is only when you have a choice is when you can be selfish or not, but a topic for another day. And, I re-phrase a few things I said earlier in the post:
Every person will fall in either of the two categories. Do they? Or is there a 3rd category – Non-slave and non-selfish?
Being a Slave is not a choice, it is thrust upon; so you cant be selfish. You just don’t choose