So the other day I was just minding my own business doing things in the trade hub as you do and someone, like I guess just some rando, yelled at me and called me a ‘slaver’ as I was walking by. I mean that was kind of weird, right, but after security took the random angry guy away it got me thinking if I was really a slaver or not. I mean, I guess I don’t really know the answer to that?
I don’t keep any slaves myself. I mean, I’m pretty sure. I carry a lot of people on my ship, and it’s possible some of them might have slaves? Or maybe they are slaves? It’s not like I interview every crew member myself, but I think it would be unlikely though, but then people try to get away with bringing on board all sorts of stuff onto ships they shoudn’t so who knows for sure? It’s like trying to keep drugs off a ship with hundreds of crew, I mean yeah drugs are illegal but you just know someone is going to find a way to sneak some on there. Maybe it’s like that with slaves?
Then I was reading up on it and apparently being a slaver could be defined not just about whether you have a slave but more about whether you benefit from a legacy of slavery. Like, whatever that means, but I guess it might mean, did you used to benefit from slaves? So l asked my Mum about it and said “does our family have slaves?” and she was like “how would I know, ask your Dad” and so I asked Dad and he said “you remember when you were a child and your feet hurt from dancing and then they got infected and we got someone around to clean and sterilise your feet and give you footrubs” and I was like “yeah” and he was like “well that person was a slave” and I was totally like “no way he was so gentle I thought all slaves were like miserable and stuff” and then he went into this big long discussion about slaves in the Empire and all the good they do and how you only hear about the stereotype mistreated ones because of the war taking up all the media space and honestly I wasn’t really listening because he does tend to drone on a bit (I love him of course but you know how it is with parents) but I still really wasn’t sure if a footrub was much of a “legacy of slavery”. I mean some people get a whole palace built and I just got like ten minutes of foot massage once a week. I mean, he was good at it, but it seems on the lower end of the scale, you know? Like, my feet were pretty gross I’ll admit, but I don’t think I caused him too much trauma or anything.
So, what do you think? Am I a slaver, is it just a ‘yes’, or is it not that simple? Am I as bad as someone who owns thousands of slaves and beats them? Is there a sliding scale or are we all the same? Should I feel bad? How bad, exactly? And if so, what should I do about it? Should I find a random slave and give them a footrub? Are we all slavers anyway because we all use stuff that slaves have built, probably, at one point? I mean if you’ve jumped through an Amarr-built gate at least once… know what I mean? Or is it a no because I honestly had no idea about this until like, last week? Actually interested in the real answer, please don’t use the opportunity to go on a boring ideological waffle-fest about how good or bad slavery is, that’s actually not the question tysm