East vs West - 9

I believe this government cannot endure permanently, half slave and half free.
— Abraham Lincoln

I noticed a man carrying a live chicken along the road. He walked off the side of the road and put the chicken down on some grass to feed. I asked him if he was just feeding the chicken so he could eat it later. He laughed and nodded yes. I would have asked the chicken some questions regarding his situation, but I don't speak his language.


The relationship between master and slave, ruler and citizens, and farmer and livestock is more complicated than that which is seen at first blush. Although one is extorted by the other for the extortionist’s gain, quite often the rise in population of that which is extorted can’t be denied either. If procreation is the only purpose for a species, the process of being extorted in order to increase one’s lineage is a successful evolutionary tactic. It should be noted, this is not a conscious tactic, it is just another example of how random life truly is. We are not in control of what happens to us. We are just isolated code in a billions upon billions year long algorithm.