What comes to mind when you hear the word slavery? To me, Hate, hurt, brutality and abuse.
This word paints a picture of holding someone’s well of power, making them do things against their will and in worse scenarios, brutal.
The reality of slavery is a lot more than what meets the eye. It is an art we go through physically, emotionally and psychologically.
Slavery occurs everywhere in our daily lives be it work, school, or church. It is everywhere other than one’s personal choice of action. This is why I define Slavery as the absence of personal wellness.
We all experience this art of slavery and sometimes mistake its reflexes as obedience, and soft-heartedness.
Slavery of the mind
The 21st-century art of slavery is evolving around the societal pressure imposed on the mind.
Aside from being physically assaulted in the art of slavery, mental slavery is most likely the number one unidentified fate affecting us.
This is the situation where individuals in power or with power are controlled by others against their will, emotions, and being.
The majority of youth are victims of this art. Most of us turn to let others overpower our own identity to their benefit at our most vulnerable state. We are taken by the fear of being left lonely and called names.
Most of us do not have an identity. Most of us follow the crowd. We eat what people tell us to eat and wear what they tell us to wear.
Most people don’t see such as a big deal because it is term as “..trying to fit in..” But in the real deal is a big deal.
As an individual, we ought to know what we want and most importantly how to live our lives. We don’t need to be dictated to in other to live life. We own ourselves a great deal of a better life.
I have learnt that courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers fear.
Are you brave enough to own your way out of social pressure, aka mental slavery? Let us know in the comment section below.