So to flesh out my theory… I asked myself why people would not be happy for the slaves that are freed. Because the slaves are going to be happy for sure. They will be giddy like the soldier and I. So why isn’t the collective happy for the slaves?
Is it because we need slaves? Is it because we need some people oppressed so that others can feel superior? Maybe that’s it. Maybe there are 100 reasons but as I got thinking about this I arrived at the one I liked the best and this is it:
Freed slaves… people released from oppression after enduring these type condition over a long period of time are not merely happy. They are supernaturally happy. And you don’t get to see this very often so when you do it’s stunning.
As an example there is my favorite photograph of all time which I cannot find. I wish I could so you could see the image but I don’t need to because it has burned to my mind and my psyche since I first laid eyes on the thing when I was 8 years old or so.
It is a â€˜Best of Life Magazine” shot from the 60’s, a boy sitting on a stoop in I don’t know where. Some poor country I guess. It doesn’t matter because he and his emotion are universal. But he’s about 9 and he has dark hair and he’s sitting there on the stoop outside his home (presumably) and someone has given him some shoes.
Yep, he has these shoes. They are brand new shoes, he is either barefooted or the shoes on his feet are shabby, I don’t remember but he is holding this new pair of his shoes in his and and is he is overjoyed, the look on his face is indescribable. He is supernaturally happy and a person like me can relate to this. I know what that is like. I know exactly what it is like to be overwhelmed with that kind of joy over the smallest kindness. And this is something you just can’t understand if you can’t understand it. It sounds like this:
“What the hell is he so happy for?”
Or perhaps his emotions escape you completely or you turn the page of the magazine to look for an image you can better relate to, but here is my point:
Those slaves are HAPPY. They are beyond happy. They are over the top and if you see them perhaps you feel jealous. Perhaps you think, “Look at those assholes”. Because their happiness is extreme and yours is not and it never has been and you know it probably never will be. So maybe you’re pissed. Maybe you feel spiteful and you forget all about what the slaves have been though. You forget it, ignore, you discount it or whatever. You never mind the fact they have been deprived for years and years and years while you have not and this is the upside of Saturn. This is Jupiter in Capricorn personified. *I* am Jupiter in Capricorn personified and understanding this I don’t see how the soldier and I can fail. I don’t see any way possible for us to spend even one day unhappy for the rest of our lives. I just don’t think either one of us have the ability to be that ungrateful.
Have you ever met a freed slave? Are you a freed slave? (I have… this is my second time!)