The song Amazing Grace was written at sea by a slave owner. He had an epiphany. He suddenly saw that the true course of action was to set his slaves free. This is much harder than it seems, because we Westerners have become very dependent on remote controlled slavery. And to be quite honest, I don’t think the slaves would cope with a sudden change any more than an animal held in captivity can suddenly be released to the wild.
To set your slaves free is the only true course to set yourself free.
Changing your own life so that you are less of a slave is curiously unfulfilling. Because you are still using slaves. Fighting for laws to abolish slavery doesn’t really work either, does it ? It just abolishes slavery from view. We now live in a world where we use slavery almost daily, but we believe slavery has been abolished.
Bondage is slavery.
Money is held in bonds.
Money is debt.
Slaves and masters are bonded together by debt. A slave master owns and owes his slaves. He has taken from them, he owes them.
I think the entire human race is bonded together by debt, but there is a nasty sort of debt and a nice sort of debt. One blocks love, and the other is love.
In West Africa, there are tribal people that stay connected through the bonds of debt. They always maintain debts between themselves, so that there is always a relationship, a bond, based on what is owed. To pay off a debt is to clear the bond, and end the relationship.
This is mirrored in the Western world by watching how couples that break up seem to have a sort of ceremony of returning each others things. To return each others stuff is to end the bond. Those that want to maintain the bond are reluctant to settle the debt, and usually hang onto something.
We are all bonded to the Queen through her debt to us. All money is debt, IOU notes (Please see The Queen’s Debt). We can (eventually) get out of this by not dealing in money. The Queen seems reluctant to do this, and so are we, but the bondage to her can be reduced by reducing the amount of money you deal in, or by circulating money without it going through the banks, and maybe eventually writing off her debt to us. (See Jesus and The Taxes).
The slaves are always owed. The master is always indebted to the slave. The Queen is indebted to her subjects. Slaves are bought and sold to create an illusion that the slave owner does not owe anything.
“I owe you one mate”. People owe each other favours. People never forget if someone did something for them, maybe saved their life. “I am indebted to you for saving my life, if you are ever in need….”
Harry Potter sets his house elf free by giving him an item of clothing. It is a symbol of the slave master giving something he owes back to the slave. The bondage of slavery is now broken. We can help set Santa’s elves free by reducing our Christmas time consumption.
You take the freedom of the slave, you owe it back.
The bonds of our human social world are created by debt. Without debt, we do not relate. We become separate and solitary. Perhaps the biggest debt of all is the one we owe to our mother who carried us and laboured to bring us here. It seems to me to be the biggest human pair bond of all. It is a bond of love, a labour of love.
But you don’t have to repay debt to the one who gave it you. Like money, the debt can keep going round and round through many hands.
A friend in need is a friend in deed. Someone in need is an opportunity for human kindness, kinship, bonding. If something goes wrong in your life, all sorts of people step in to help you out, and this creates a bond of debt. People don’t want to be bonded to other people so they bond to money instead, take out insurance policies, employ remote controlled slaves through the bondage of money.
Money is a debt that blocks love and isolates us from each other, only relating through the central debt controller, the banks and the Queen.
Those that understand how the debt system bonds us are intercepting it for their own greed, to profit and control, whilst never repaying the debt. Almost everyone in the Western world is doing this to a certain extent, usually unwittingly. This system creates perpetual slavery somewhere else. The bankers are controlling all the favours and serving we do for each other, and thereby controlling our kinship.
I do not go to work just for the money. I find that to serve and help others, even in paid work, is often very fulfilling, and bonding. It creates a bond of humanity. Serving and helping others goes wrong when it is driven by money, and free will is lost.
I think there are two types of loan, hard and soft. I no longer deal in hard loans. If I have spare money to loan someone, I have spare money to give, it doesn’t have to come back, I am not going to chase it up, or demand it. Then if it does come back to me, it comes back freely given, as a gift, given with love. Otherwise it will get passed on, the same £50 going round and round, serving many purposes for many people, many times over. A hard loan is the one the banks do. Hard loans block love, and create a slavery sort of bondage. Soft loans are given with love.
One day, with more practice, this soft loan way of living may lead to just purely gifting, with no expectation of anything in return, other than that the love will be passed on to where it wants to go. Because if everything is truly gifted, then everything that passes between us is merely a token or symbol of love. If everything is gifted this way, then slavery cannot exist, paedophilia cannot exist, wars cannot exist.
This is idealism, because you can’t force everyone else to behave like you want them to, that’s slavery ! Nor can you judge others for not behaving like you, that’s religious and acting God like, and it blocks love.
But what you can do, what is within reach of everyone, is to be the change you want to see in the world. Practise what you preach, no need to wait for others to do the same. Practise starts in very small slow clumsy steps, and as you practise more and more, it gets easier and easier.
How sweet the sound
that saved a soul (wretch) like me
i once was lost
but now am found
twas blind but now i see.
It was written at sea, lost at sea, found at sea, and I find that water flows like love, always finding a way. Love of water helps us find our way back to love.
(See also earlier related posts: Jesus and the Taxes, the Queen’s Debt, Silver Spoon, White Goods, William’s Slave Pen, Slave Labour Party, Why I Need Money, Moneyless Society, Gift Economy, Benefits Culture Club, St John’s Water, New Religion, Drinking Water, War Tory Party, Washing Machine, Santa Nick, Unoccupy The Banks)
Book ref : A Plague of Caterpillars by Nigel Barley