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The Secret to Slavery…

September 2014

I was working on a post that I’ve been putting together for about a week now when I received an email that said:



” Nonresistance, nonjudgment, and nonattachment are the three aspects of true freedom and enlightened living.”

Eckhart Tolle

I responded:
So said the slave who stayed on the plantation rather than escape to the North.  So says the prisoner who is too afraid to get out of prison to create a better life. 

Thank God the Founders of this country had big enough balls to say, we deserve better.

If you’re not keeping up with me here, let me try a different angle:  So said every boss who claimed you were only worth $1.50 an hour.

While I do understand the sentiment behind the email, it is nonsense.  Nonresistance is a dangerous way to live one’s life.  To simply accept that freedom can be snatched up on a whim begins an ugly journey down the slippery slope.  The other two ensure we are to remain at the bottom, to be buried by all of those who manage to cling on just a little bit longer by conforming, until they too fall out of favor.  After all, as one more bit of freedom is carved away, who are you to judge?  Is not non-judgment of imprisonment in the system freer and more enlightened?  Why should we, after all, be attached to freedom?  Non-attachment is much more comforting from your padded cell.

We can take this a step further and even deeper down the foxhole:  Should rape victims not seek justice?  After all, maybe they should choose nonresistance, no?  Maybe a battered wife should simply say, “Meh, I’m choosing non-judgment today.”  Or the old lady whose house is broken into, “I think everything is okay because I’m not attached to that $200 I had set aside to pay for my medication, better to be nonattached, non-judgmental and nonresistant.


That putrid phrase has been uttered in one way or another by every dictator who has ever said from on high, “Do as I say…  And pass the caviar.  Freedom for me but not for thee.”

No thanks.


  1. Sandra says:

    Perfect, except that many of the founding fathers were, of course, slave owners 😉 Bah ha ha ha! Sorry. Couldn’t resist.
    As for the rest of your post, there ya go.

    • bgddyjim says:

      Oh dear Lord Sandra, you know better than that. Everyone who knows anything about the Founding of the US knows that there was no way the country would have been formed without slavery in the Constitution. Everyone (including you). They also put into the Constitution the means with which to change it – and to end slavery, which is exactly what happened. And tens of thousands died to bring about that much-needed end.

      You’re not dealing with a half-wit.

      • Sandra says:

        But of course. I was being a bit sarcastic, and literal. ;-). They did put in a provision to end the importation of slaves in 1808. And you are right–they put in provisions to change the constitution, but I doubt they had ending slavery itself as a goal. Luckily, they were amazingly philosophical men who understood the long-term implications and ramifications of what they were doing. I am thankful for that!

      • bgddyjim says:

        Ah, but they did have the end of slavery in mind. The documentation just isn’t as popular but there exists plenty.

        We’re on the same page with the results though.

      • Sandra says:

        Absolutely! Some definitely wanted it ended and felt guilty about owning slaves. (Jefferson, although he did give a slew of slaves to his daughter as a wedding present; and Washington, of course!). Others? Not so much. But wow, what a country to be born in, eh? Pure awesomeness.

  2. Hello. Thought provoking. Speaking of provoking…Sandra above beat me to it about the slavery part. Oh well, I will share on my twitter feed. 🙂

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