Thursday, 31 January 2008

The abolition of slavery

Tomorrow, the 1st of February, we celebrate the 173rd anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Mauritius. This day means a lot to me; it is a public holiday. Well, on the other hand it's great that we are commemorating the abolition of slavery, a slavery that existed more than 200 years ago. This day could serve as a reminder of the fact that slavery was a reality somewhere in our country.

But what about today? 200 years later... Slavery still exists. It exists in the form of dependencies. Those self-induced slaveries of which we cannot get rid. Some are addicted to nicotine, drugs, sex, the internet, their blogs, cleaning, hurting others... forms of addictions are unlimited yet they have one thing in common, they force us to forego a part of us, sometimes essential parts of us. Then one day you realise you have not fulfilled your dreams, you have not taken care of your kids, you have not learnt how to bake a cake... So on this day, tomorrow, at least on this one day, it would be nice if you could think about this.

Think of all those things to which you are binded and set yourself free...


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13 comments:

  1. Guess to whom i just read this post? :P Slavery was a sad thing and its good to remember these things...

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  2. Hi morinn,
    i agree! Slavery is a poor thing. Enjoy your day and I'm glad you've done your bit by writing this wonderful post!

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  3. It's good that you guys have a holiday for that. Slavery is a brutal mistreatment of people and unfortunately it still exists. It doesn't happen in the open now, but behind closed door some people are still being forced to work for nothing.

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  4. Slavery, well, really do exist in our time. *sigh* though now, it's much more psychological than physical and... even worse.

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  5. Jev, to whom? :P

    Meghna, thanks a great deal! :D

    Ropi, yup we don't celebrate as such, we only commemorate :D

    manico, yup, there are so many forms of modern slavery

    nussaibah, yup times have changed but some atrocities have remained or become worsened.

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  6. it's time to change! :)

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  7. I am a TOTAL slave to food... *sigh*...

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  8. wow i like what you wrote moo. it touched me.

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  9. anonymous, yup it's time to change, whoever you might be :D

    marlee, god! me too!

    Usha, thanks! :D get rid of your addictions now!

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  10. Yeah you're right...I'm totally slave to internet, music & food :P

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  11. but it's difficult to change. frantu.

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  12. great post for this day. :)

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