Let me share one story with you. It is true story.
One older lady became an invalid, she get some physical handicap. Her problem was that she needed to keep the job that she had, oterwise she would lose her house. So, she goes to her boss and she beg him. BEG him to let her stay on job. And luckily, boss was compassionate (I mean this in sarcastic way) and so he lets her stay on a job but he decided to lower her salary by 10%. And of course, poor old little lady accept it because she doesnt know differently.
NOW PLEASE! ATTENTION! CAN SOMEONE TELL ME THAT THIS IS NOT SLAVERY? CAN SOMEONE CONVINCE ME THAT THIS IS NORMAL? THAT THIS IS HUMAN? THAT THIS IS NOT A HUMILATION?
She is a slave of her circumstances. She is an invalid, physically damaged, and she need to keep this job where she is humilated every day because if she doesnt keep it, she will lose the house and she doesnt want to lose it. This is slavery. Her boss possess her body, her mind, her heart and her spirit.
Is there any way out? Yes of course. She can sell the house and no more problems. Then she can come and tell her boss to go to hell. But of course, many of you will say she cant lose the house. Why not? One day when you die, you will lose everything, or eathquake can happen now and your house, which is a construction of stones and bricks is gone forever.
It is not worth it. I understand that house is very sentimental thing. House is safety and to it are also attached a lots of beautiful memories. I understand the whole beauty that surrounds this construction of bricks and stones that we call house. I understand all that. But as I said, we cant possess nothing forever and we should be detached enough to let go of everything when the moment comes. We are fighting for something that we will lose.
I know that someone will say that they are doing it for their children and grandchildren, that this is their legacy. And thats very important. Material legacy is important but what is even more important is to give your children and grandchildren love, to teach them how to develop virtues, to get them right values, to share with them wisdom, knowledge, insights… but I guess this is very hard. When you spend all your life working 9-5, being humiliated every day and being a slave, it is very hard to share good feelings and happiness with your children because you dont have it for yourself, and all that you can leave for them is frustration that they get by watching their parents struggles and being a victims. And then people wonder why children dont want to be like their parents. Every child wants to be a hero and wants to live life full of freedom and adventure, and all what parents can provide is totally opposite, a life full of worries, rules, boredom, frustration and fear.
Dario Ples 25.7.2017.