Slavery of Fear
“The most common, yet most unknown, form of slavery is that where you are ruled by the thought around you. You may be in the employ of another person. You do your best to earn your money. You are conscientious, and desire to earn your wages. Yet you are troubled by a continual fear that you do not give full satisfaction, or that you may be discharged. You live in continual fear of coming to want, if so discharged, or of being obliged to continue this mere struggle for the body’s existence under still harder conditions.
“The reason for these unpleasant thoughts is that some other mind is acting on your own. Some one is hostile to you. You feel that hostile thought. It is not on your part a ‘notion’. There are many persons today living under control of undecided minds, and dependent on them, as they think, for a livelihood. They may give that undecided mind much of their own inspiration, plan device, invention, and fertility of thought. They may give this unconsciously because it is worth repeating many times.
“The person so ruled may have the superior mind. Such a person may be indispensable to the fickle, and possible unjust and tyrannical employer. … Yet the superior mind may go on, year after year, in slavery; giving to the other’s idea, and seeing it but half carried out. No shackles are as heavy as these.” ~Prentice Mulford
Most Common Slavery
Living in fear is indeed the most common form of slavery. It is also, as Mulford notes, the most “unknown”, by which he means that those living in fear are either unaware that they are doing so, or do not think that doing so is slavery. That is, in many ways, the worst kind of slavery, because you put it on yourself to some degree, yet are unaware of it. Mr. Mulford is concentrating on one particular form of fear controlling the lives of people, but there are many others. Sadly, we have seen in the past few years, politicians in the United States and a few other countries using and promoting fear as a way to control and manipulate people. But let’s first look at the situation Mulford is concentrating on.
Fear of Losing a Job
The slavery of fear is common in the job market. In some cases, it is deliberately promoted by companies and managers. They want people to fear losing their jobs. They want people to fear that they won’t get a raise next year because they don’t rate among the top employees in the department. They want people to fear that the boss might hire a new person fresh out of college who will get paid less. Now they even have to fear that the company will start bringing in guest workers from other countries who will work for significantly less money. Some of these fears are well-founded, yet we still shouldn’t let them control our lives. Some of such fears are simply not valid because in many cases, we wouldn’t have the job if the company didn’t need us and our unique skills. Continue reading “Slavery of Fear that Traps Us All”