Note: This is an opinion piece. Do your own research, use your own brain, form your own opinions. Slavery: what is it? While freedom and liberty is an idea has been pronounced and embraced by many societies for a number of centuries we are all subjected to various limitations. They are limitations of our intelligence, physical abilities, perception, weaknesses. Strive as we might to overcome them - and we should strive to push the limits, at least sometimes - we can never fully overcome those limitations. We have needs that we end up serving no matter what. So does that mean none of us is free? Perhaps. But what makes a slave then? Would that be someone who is shackled and forced to do hard labor under a watchful eye of a guard, threatening to enact violent, or even lethal, retribution at the first sign of dissent?