pay off debts through slavery“, while reading the morning news today. It inspired a train of thought that lead astray from Sidner’s point but still reflects on a life of slavery. The people who told their story of bondage via Sidner have no way to protect themselves. They are trapped by their illiteracy, violence and a lack of India’s laws. Although there are laws in place to prevent child labor and bondage work, this story continues in India.
My mind leapt from India’s unjust system to other forms of modern slavery. As an egocentric society, we trap ourselves in many ways. As Americans, even our population living below the poverty level is better off than a majority of people in the forgotten places of the world. However, even living the life of the rich and famous can entrap an individual.
How many ways do you keep yourself from doing the things that you want? In many ways, the American Dream can be entrapping. People think they want the house with the white picket fence. They think 2.5 children and a SUV will make them happy. However, for many people, this life isn’t sustainable, which was the rude awakening that the economic recession gave everyone living in the U.S. As Americans, we worry about the things that don’t matter. When the budget belt tightened, people began realizing that they needed a lot less to make them happy.
I do my fair share of complaining, most days. But the truth is that I am doing much better than many people. I may not have a steady job, a handsome suitor, a fence in the backyard or a pet to cuddle at night, but I have everything I need.
It’s good to take a step back, assess the situation, and remember all the things I have to be grateful for.