If you’ve been following along, you KNOW that in my past life, I was Brazilian. Yes, tiz me jokin’ but I say this because I’ve always felt a connection with the people, the land, the culture and (ESPECIALLY) the language. Brazilian Portuguese has always been my #1 language, anytime it meets my ears, I can’t help but smile. When I was younger my mom always told me to concentrate on Spanish, something that was more widespread and useful. And I’d think: Useful for whom?
(Let’s just say, shakin’ hands with a “fan” in the Dominican Republic)
Main point, CHECK the JERSEY! Woohoo!
I speak of modern day slavery and human trafficking on this site.
It’s crazy that I never thought of touching up on the subject of original slavery.
Visiting the past, helps understand the present.
It helps us see why we struggle in certain areas, where we’ve MAJORLY fucked up and hopefully see ways in which to rectify it.
If we don’t take the time to reflect on ourselves to see how we can improve
life will take a speed and direction of its own
and the result is never usually pretty.
If it’s not the good taking the time to better themselves
(and thereby the world around them)
the bad, like a virus, will take over and with their selfish and corrupt initiatives
start spreading, planting seeds and multiplying.
Ignoring a problem, is just as bad as causing it.
Ignoring automatically places you in the stance of, let it flow.
Let it go. Let it flourish.
People seem to enjoy GETTING into OTHER people’s business
when it’s unwarranted, but when it REALLY matters
where the fuck are you?
The Bystander Effect/Genovese Syndrome.
It’s so damn common they’ve got a name for it. It’s the label for the social phenomenon where “bystanders” witness an emergency situation and do not offer any assistance to the victim when other people are present.
Like: I’ll let someone else deal with it. Not my problem.
After Portugal’s invasion of Brazil, over 500 years ago
(which really isn’t that much time)
a lot of the native tribal Indians were forced into slavery and wiped out.
(Murder, small pox, measles and the common cold – in short, the aftereffects of the meddling and greedy Europeans)
The Portuguese turned to African slaves after the native resources were downsized.
Brazil became the destination for the largest amount of slaves, worldwide.
They were referenced as cargo and not treated much better than worthless
inanimate objects – packed by the hundreds with hardly any food, water nor air space.
A large part of the shipment arrived deceased.
After the 40 day or so voyage, most ships were abandoned because there was no one around who wanted to deal with the clean up.
The slaves were branded like merchandise.
Burnt by heated iron symbols (usually owner’s initials) into their skin.
They’d be shown and “tested” in front of potential buyers
then whipped back into their stalls.
Brazil, at the time, was whored out for its sugarcane.
But I like to call it “Blood Crystals”
It was used by the rich to sweeten food and for medicines.
As there was no refrigeration, sugar was also used to help mask the taste of rotting food.
The slave owners were allowed to beat, sell and kill their slaves without repercussion as they were considered property, so they could
do with them as they pleased.
Some forms of punishments included whippings
(which were sometimes followed by applying salt and pepper to open wounds)
slitting of ears
and any form of torture that would suit their fancy.
Not much has changed today in regards to modern day slaves.
The forms of mistreatment and exploitation have just taken different forms.
Since it was OK for such oppression and cruelty to fellow (powerless) human
beings in the past
I say we flip history on its ass and take back control from vicious
and give them the treatment they so JUSTLY deserve.
We can call it: The Evolution and Progression of Good over Evil.
Slaves who became pregnant would intentionally abort themselves so their children wouldn’t have to go through the same diabolical fate.
I actually wish this was still a popular solution because one large problem with human trafficking today is parents selling their children for profit or because they can not afford another mouth to feed.
Trust me, DEATH before birth is a MUCH better outcome than the life these children are forced/sold into.
Let’s hit up on the Catholic Church a bit.
The High All Mighty C. Church turned a blind eye when it came to the fornication and breeding between the Europeans and slaves.
Most of the children from these interactions were placed right into slavery.
Like BUSTING a fucking load and creating a life without worth or importance.
Just another slave.
That’s some WHACKED out shit, don’t you think?
The C. Church lovingly used their powers to make slavery acceptable and justifiable as to help spread the faith making it obligatory for slave owners to
baptize their slaves.
A RELIGION used and manipulated for alterior motives?
You DON’T SAY?!?!!?
How so many can put their faith in religion with such a seedy and evil past, is beyond me.
Greed. Manipulation. Power.
(I can go on and on, but this isn’t an entry about the Catholic Church)
Wouldn’t it have been nice if everyone just respected each other’s land and spaces from the very beginning? Left well enough alone.
Left greed behind. Left CONQUERING behind and just lived peacefully and civilly sharing the same earth?
We gotta bully and take advantage of the weak.
Not much has changed today.
Why would we expect it to?
Slowly, slowly we seem to be making steps to better our surroundings
but have we really come that far?
With the greed of humanity
have our achievements really been GOOD?
We’ve basically pushed many groups of people into near extinction
fucked up the ecosystem
and continuously, without pause, pollute the earth.
Soon, all the world will be is one big pile of shit.
(biological and inanimate)
At present, we have created a monster.
A world where we are falling deeper and deeper into technological addictions.
We are moving further and further away from our natural resources and human contact.
Why have we focused so highly on the advancement of technology
when humans remain so paralyzed and behind in regards to the positive advancements of their souls?
I passed out yesterday watching a documentary:
Batman Unmasked: The Psychology of the Dark Knight
It was really good.
Interesting how much thought is placed into the characters.
I have a newfound appreciation for the superhero
and have decided to, from here on in, go by the name of
Watch the doc, and you’ll totally understand.
That is, if you don’t understand the character already.
I woke up a few hours later.
It was 12:30AM.
From then on, I was up til 5AM with this ideas flashing through my head
for this present blog
made the appropriate notes and finished it off today.
I hope you’ve enjoyed.
Thanks for stopping by, as usual, and for your time.
Be BETTER than yesterday, today and even BETTER than tomorrow, as each day is blessed upon you.
You can actually watch the BATBITCH inspired documentary here if you’d like: