To what level of barbarity must a person reach to destroy another human being?
Slavery is by far one of the most cruel deeds mankind has ever committed. It has run rampant, from ancient to current times, throughout the entire world and it is created by people who have no shame of owning other human beings just to make money. It feeds from the misery of others to make wealth, even if it deprives them of their basic human rights and dignity. Slave owners abuse these human beings and view them as nothing, the equivalent of livestock, in the hopes that this “livestock” can satisfy their insatiable greed. This greed reaches up to the point of forcing these slaves to work till the point of exhaustion and if they don’t continue they will be tortured not only physically, but mentally. The fact that slaves are viewed and treated as animals, lives up to the reputation of the dehumanization that slavery brings to the poor victims of this sickening trade.
This putrid type of commerce has plagued the world for a long time, and extended its continued and disgusting immorality throughout every corner on this earth. For example,
“Slavery in America began when the first African slaves were brought to the North American colony of Jamestown, Virginia, in 1619, to aid in the production of such lucrative crops as tobacco.” ~ History
Slavery in the U.S. has resulted in one of the biggest holocausts in history. It is estimated that about 20 million black people died as a result of it. It lingered from colonial times until not too far ago, and it poisoned the relations between blacks and whites forever. This slavery that begun so long ago still hasn’t died off; and to believe that slavery still doesn’t exists today is ridiculous. One just has to see the way that many blacks are treated by police officers in so many places in the U.S. these days. This immoral and abusive form of labor has affected many human beings, one of these individuals who has experienced slavery is a man by the name of Frederick Douglass. During his time as a slave, a man named Mr. Covey succeeded in reaching a tremendous level of barbarity that ended up in crippling Mr. Douglass.
“Mr.Covey had succeeded in breaking me. I was broken in body, soul, and spirit. My natural elasticity was crushed, my intellect languished, the disposition to read departed, the cheerful spark that lingered about my eye died; the dark night of slavery closed in upon me…” ~ The Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass, (Chapter X)
The event of being enslaved under this man named Mr. Covey crumbled Frederick not only physically, but mentally as well.
According to an article on ColorLines, India is one of the many countries where modern slavery still exists, and in this subcontinent, it is manifested as child labor. An individual who was stuck in this type of modern slavery goes by the name of Ravi Shanker Kumar. Ravi was only a young boy when he was put into slavery, forced to work in the carpet industry in India laboring for many hours and never getting a good amount of sleep. He was forced to weave carpets and could take no breaks. Even when he was injured in the process of making these carpets, his wounds weren’t properly taken care of. Many times when he reached the point of exhaustion and stopped working, his owner used weapons to torture Ravi even to the point of bleeding.
There were two ways the loom owner would beat me up. With the stick of the loom, he would lift it up and beat me up with it. Or, there was a sharp instrument called a punja. He would use the wooden portion of that and beat me with it. ~ Ravi Shanker Kumar
His boss abandoned all sense of decency and decided that the only way of forcing Ravi to continue was to prolong his abuse. This blindness can describe the amount of depravity that some people reach just to oppress others, regardless of age, so that they can continue benefiting from them. This lack of realization and sympathy depicts the levels of barbarity of an everyday life in slavery.
Slavery must end soon. It started as forced labor in many parts of the world, but more recently it has evolved into many different kinds. Child labor is one of its most cruelest manifestation. Hand-in-hand to it is human trafficking, where women and children are sexually exploited by predators everywhere in the world. Notwithstanding whatever form or shape it manifests itself; at the core of it, there is a clear root for it, which is egoism. This crippling disease of the human spirit blinds individuals to look for their own self-interest and pleasure, without any concern for other human beings. Perhaps, to end it all forever, is for us to become more morally and spiritually conscious. For it is only when we uplift our minds and spirits, that we are able to perceive the humanity in others and become able to respect them.