Nobody? Really? Nobody at all owns You?
That's surprising. I know
there are a lot of people who own me. And there
are a lot of others who have in the past, and still many more who would
In times of old, and in
some places today, people are owned outright. They are called slaves,
or chattel, or bond servants. If you were to ask them who owned them,
they would point to someone. They know who owns them.
Everyone knows that in this
country (USA) slavery in the South was prevalent; but not so many
people are aware that slavery was also common in the North. No, I don't
mean the black slaves of the cotton fields, I mean men, women and
children who sold themselves into slavery. This
was especially true of many of the Irish immigrants who were escaping
the potato famine by coming to America. Jobs were very scarce; so in
order to eat and survive, they sold themself into servitude.
Ask one of these "servants"
who owned them, and they would point to someone.
"Slaves" knew who owned
them, who would feed them, where they would sleep, and who they served.
Of course there were also abused slaves, and a slave could be sold to a
And even today, in some
countries, children and wives can be sold. If you are a child or a wife
of a man in such a country, you are "chattel," that is to say, a thing,
a possession of that man, with which he can do whatever he likes. I
don't suppose those wives and children would outright state that they
are "owned," but perhaps they would.
Well, that's fine;
that's clear enough for the past and for other countries; but such a
thing has no affect on us today, does it? Of course not.
Or does it?
Let's takes some extreme
examples to begin with. Let's use a convict in prison. He gets up when
he is told, he wears what he is told, he does everything that he is
told and dares not do otherwise. And this does not just apply to the
warden and the guards that he must obey, but to every other convict who
happens to be bigger and meaner than him. Would you call this convict a
How about the Military. Can
a soldier say, "I don't feel like wearing this uniform today, I want to
wear red?" Would you call a soldier a slave? And if so, isn't he
subjected to every person who wears more stripes on his sleeve than
Ok, those are extremes.
But let's suppose you are neither a soldier nor a convict. So none of
the above applies to you, right?
Well, how about a hospital.
Have you ever been to a hospital? Anyone there tell you what you could
and could not do?
How about a student.
Once you have chosen your school (if you have been given that choice)
and have picked your teachers and courses (if you have been given that
choice), is there any other choice you get to make that doesn't carry
with it some negative consequence?
And it's not only the
teachers that you have to obey, but there are other students who have
desires for you as well.
Are you dependent on an
income? That is, do you have a boss that you have to obey and please to
keep that job?
Are you a child living
at home (some children have grandchildren of their own you know) who
must do what your parents tell you to do?
"Now wait a minute," you
say, "None of that means someone owns me. I can
say yes or no any time I
like. I'm not a slave."
And that's right, you can
refuse any time you want - if you want to pay the
The slave in the cotton
field has that choice also, and the convict has that choice, and the
soldier has that choice - and the consequences for their choice may
well be death.
Of course no one is likely
to shoot you for saying no to a teacher or boss -
but your income may very well take a sudden drop, and your work (or
school) record will likely not speak so well to potential employers in
WHO OWNS YOU?
Few people today are
owned outright by another. It is not likely that anyone would point to
someone when asked that question. Nor is it likely that anyone would
state that they owned anyone if they were asked.
No, people don't own people
outright anymore. People own chunks of people in
these modern times. We now have many owners, and
don't even know it. In fact, we deny it and even resent the suggestion
that someone might own us at all.
We value and pride ourself
on our independence. This nation was founded on
independence and individual freedom. But do we really have it?
When you were married,
if under normal conditions, you took a vow to "Love and obey." So, if
you are married, you have taken an oath to do two things for one
person. If you have been married more than once, than you have been
divided up that many more times. These people own a chunk
of you, and you own a chunk of them. How much of a chunk depends on
your (and their) integrity, what type of vow you took, and the culture
that has established that vow.
And if you are married
without such vows, that is without commitment to one another, than
there really isn't any bond to begin with.
You eat, and you likely
have a roof over your head (and your family's as well). Someone
supplies those things. If it is a job, than that boss owns a chunk of
you. If you are independently wealthy, then whatever the source of your
income (if it be stocks, oil wells, etc) owns a part of you. If you
don't think so, consider what would happen if the stocks collapsed or
the wells went dry.
Pets own you. Can you
decide to take a trip to Hawaii without your pet? Without making some
provision for your pet? And the closer you are to that pet, the more it
Your lawn owns you, in
the same way that your pet does. You don't have a pet or a lawn? Do you
have one potted plant that must be watered?
Things own you. If you
have just one thing that you must take care of, that you would fear
losing, that would cause you distress should you lose it; then that
object owns a chunk of you. Perhaps it's your car, a diamond ring, the
deed to your property, or a dollar bill stashed away somewhere.
Do you owe any bills? A
mortgage? Credit cards? Taxes? Alimony?
If no one else owns you;
If you had nothing that owns you. If there was no one in the world who
you cared for or about; there is yet one thing here on earth that owns
a huge chunk of you; The government(s). You don't think so? Try telling
that to the cop who stops you as you walk through his town with your
knapsack over your shoulder, or tell it to the judge.
Many of the above are
just a part of being alive. Things and pets and houses and such; These
have power over you (that is a chunk of you) to whatever degree you
allow it to. They don't seek a chunk of you, you just turn it over to
But there are those who do
want power over you. And it is very likely that you seek power over
There is something about the
human psyche that needs to feel empowered, that feels "Less than" if it
can't feel "Better than." And the way it attempts to satisfy itself is
to gain power (authority) over others. It is not satisfied until it can
control others. That others might be just one
other, such as a child, a spouse, an employee, etc.; And as a last
resort, a pet. Some psyches are so far down the ladder that they have
to condemn an entire culture or race to try and keep itself off the
bottom rung of that ladder.
"If you don't do what I
want, I'll_____!" You fill in the blank. Maybe the word(s) that best
applies to you is "fire you," or "leave you," or "run away from home."
Of course there's always the old favorites used by known bullies, but
to use them the bully must be bigger or meaner than you; Just like the
convict in prison.
But the other examples given
are more akin to non-violent forms of bullying. And for them to be
effective, the bully must have some power, that is authority over you.
"If you don't do what I say
I'll fire you!" Normally that might be very effective - if you happen
to work for that person. Otherwise the most you might get is a
bellyache from laughing too hard.
"I'll run away from home!"
That might work. But if it's the forty-year-old child you have been
trying to get out of the house, you just might get another bellyache.
Actually bully-ism is
blackmail. The intent is the same - that is to get something from you
(get a chunk of you) by using threats. I think of a bully as being one
who wields some authority over you. Someone who you must
serve in one capacity or another, against your will.
Blackmailers, on the other
hand, try to get their chunk of you by surreptitious means. That is, he
tries to gain power over you by using something against you that he
really has no right to.
"I'll run away from home,"
is one such form of blackmail. The child is trying to gain power over
you that he does not normally have. Where does the child get such a
notion? Probably from you. "If you do this, I will give you that." Or,
"I won't spank you if...." (etc.) Now of course you would call that bargaining.
Right? And so would the child call it bargaining when he threatens to
run away from home.
"If you don't give me
your candy bar, I'll tell!" This one we learn in pre-school. The
blackmailer doesn't even have to say what it is he is going to tell
about you, or even who he is going to tell. You
give him the candy bar, and a huge chunk of yourself right along with
Ubange lips, rings that
stretch your neck, feet wrapped from birth to keep your feet tiny,
tattoos and burn scars when you come of age, bar mitzvah, fraternal
A society dictates what you
strive for, what you wear, how you behave in order to fit into that
"Not me, man, I'm a hippy.
Nobody owns me."
Flowers, "Peace and Love,"
long, simple dress, jeans, van.
We form micro-societies.
And to fit in with that society, you must conform to the standards and
expectations of that society. In other words, that society owns a chunk
of you. Try joining a hippy community wearing a two-piece suit and a
derby hat, or joining a law firm wearing feathers in your hair and
thongs on your feet.
If you didn't die at
birth, and I assume you didn't, then Death owns you. Death is just
biding his time until he takes possession of that which he already owns.
From the moment you were
conceived, the life you have is only on loan to you for a limited
period of time.
You might not believe in
Satan, and perhaps you are right. And if you don't believe in Satan,
than you probably don't believe in Jesus either. And possibly you do
not believe in God as a judge and creator either. If that is the case,
than your journey through this study has ended here with Death.
But those of you who
wish to follow along farther, if for no other reason than for the sake
of argument; let's look at Satan.
Satan, Angra, Mainyu,
Mara or the Devil. Whatever you call him, or whatever your faith; the
chances are you believe in the devil in one form or another.
Satan's roll in the Fall of
Man, that is, the Original Sin is also debated. But his negative
influence on all of us is pretty well agreed upon.
Some religions believe
that Satan has to influence each of us, that is, must bring us down
one-by-one. That Man is either inherently good, or inherently neutral,
and Satan must work to pull us to his level.
That said, I will from
here concentrate on the traditional Christian view of Satan.
Death, as pointed out
above, owns us from birth.
And so does Satan. This part
has been debated, but like I said, here I am considering the
Satan won Mankind in the
Garden of Eden. When both Adam and Eve sinned, that sin was passed on
to their children. (By the way, the Greek word for sin used in the
Bible means "to miss the mark, so not share in the prize."
Interesting?) Because of this, we are born with a "fallen nature," in
other words, we are lost from the beginning.
(If a child is born to a
slave, that child becomes a slave to the master of his or her parents;
that is, the child is "born into slavery.")
So if Satan owns us - any
ideas for what he intends to do with us?
The Bible tells us that
Jesus paid for sin. That is, he paid the debt that Adam owed for his
sin, and that of our own as well. So the curse placed upon Man was
lifted, part of which is death..
Of course you can always
refuse to accept the payment and demand that you pay your own debts. I
suppose it is everyone's right to do so. That way you don't have to be
indebted to anyone, that is except Death of course.
I suppose it could be
likened to having a check at your bank, where you owe a great deal of
money, that is large enough to cover that debt. All you have to do is
sign the check, and the debt is paid.
However, part of the
agreement for having your debt paid is that you now owe the one who
paid your debt. That is, you either continue to owe Death who is
waiting to collect; Or you owe Jesus who wants to give you Life.
In Biblical times (and
until fairly recently), if you owed someone money that you could not
pay, then you became that person's slave until the debt is worked off.
Of course, when you owe Death, then you never can
work off the debt.
Of course someone can pay
off your debt and set you free. Which is what Jesus did. However, you
can continue being a slave to your old master, either out of refusal of
the payment, because of ignorance of the fact that the debt has been
paid, or because you love your old master and wish to remain with him.
(Why someone would want to remain a servant of Death I don't know. But
I guess some folks do.)
So let's say you accept
the payment for your debt and you are now free. You have two options
(that I can see). One is the option described above. The other is to
become the servant of the One who set you free of your debt; that is,
the One who bought you.
(I suppose you could just
remain free, but I can't imagine to where that would lead.)
If you choose to remain
with your Master as a servant (or slave), whichever Master that is,
your old one or your new, then you have the option of becoming a
servant for life. In such a case, the Master would stand you against
the doorpost and "bore a hole" in your ear. (It has been interpreted
that this means the Master "owns your ear" and you will only listen to
him. Much like, I suppose, when Jesus said, "My sheep know my voice"
and will flee from another
(For more on this, see
Exodus chapter 21 and John chapter 10.)
So, I return to my
original question. Does anybody own you? Or have I just been flapping
my lips at the wind?