Chapter 2: The Origins of Slavery.
The Garden of Eden:
Animals that are governed by their instincts experience behavior's that are necessary for survival as pleasurable and comfortable, while that which constitutes a danger to them is perceived as unpleasant.
A lion does not need to muster a lot of self discipline to go out hunting. A squirrel does not need a five-year plan to gather nuts. And people need not to be forced to go out in the forest in order to gather berries and hunt. Moose hunting in northern Sweden is a veritable festival. During the autumn weekends, the forests are crowded by mushroom and berry pickers who enjoy filling their baskets even though it is really much simpler to buy the berries in a store.
Almost all human recreational activities are related to hiking, hunting, gathering of food or making us attractive to God/ gods and the opposite sex. The hunter and collectors still lives strong among us, but now we have transformed hunting to sports, and collecting to shopping.
Maybe it's our time as hunters and gatherers, which in the Bible is symbolized by the Garden of Eden - a time when we still lived well on what nature had to offer and our work to survive did not take so much time that we have no time to play, sing, enjoy and rest.
According to new findings, our hunter-gatherer times were a real golden age when we only needed to work approximately four hours per day with relatively pleasurable activities such as hunting and collecting and could spend the rest of the time devoted to rest and social activities. (1)
Even today there are a few people who live like this in some remote islands or in the inaccessible jungles of South America, Africa and Asia. These people live in harmony with nature (until their existence is threatened by multinational forest companies, huge dams or highway facilities), they are often very loving towards their children and have enormous reverence and respect for both their ancestors and nature itself.
Social organization is characterized by small, autonomous units where everyone knows each other and live in an "extended family" with much warmth, closeness and community. Private property is an unfamiliar concept and the tribe members share collectively both to life's joys and its difficulties. There is often a certain hierarchy, with a chief and a shaman ("medicine man") in the organization's peak, but these positions are dependent on the tribal members' support to in order to maintain their status.
There are a number of laws and taboos, but these are not formalized in writing and lives in an oral tradition, just as the tribe's history, myths, legends about ancestors and creation stories.
There is no indication that the war in the modern sense occurred in the hunters' and gatherers era. The graves that have been found from the pre-agricultural times contains far fewer cracked skulls and other signs of violent death, than subsequent burial places. (1)
The Emergence of the Conquering Culture:
5000-10000 years ago, there was a huge upheaval in p