I see a lot of discourse of Wandering Witch and I’m tempted to chime in on it especially with understanding that the MC has a rather amoral attitude towards a dark and bleak world

But one common thing I am seeing is the discussion about apathy and slavery that intrigues me most
I need to watch and read it since it seems up my alley anyways, but one general trend I do see is somewhere along the lines of: “One does not simply be amoral/apathetic/indifferent to slavery. You are either for, or against it.”
That’s where I have to pump the breaks a bit. The history of slavery in our own world is quite long, terrifying, and filled with complexity

The most terrifying aspect of slavery in societies is the lack of action towards it as an institution. Apathy and helplessness was the norm
You think for a moment at how brutal slavery is—that it is worse than death itself. This was a well known sentiment for a long time across many different societies. There’s a lot of writing in various regions describing the cruelty and sympathy to slaves to prove this
Public sentiment on the issue wasn’t always universal or consistent either. An example of this inconsistency can be found even in Catholic history with Pope Gregory I at the end of like the 6th or 7th century (I forget) forbidding Jews from owning Christians (the specificity...)
It’s things like that that call an obvious line of moral questioning at hand: why do examples of slavery abolition like this even exist? Why in some regions did abolition remain a temporary measure?

Systems are hard to grasp for people in any period in history, even now
If you look at a timeline of slavery abolition, something interesting comes up. Why did the Nordic region, Central and Eastern Europe, France, Japan, etc get around to de jure abolition so much sooner than Spain, England, U.S., etc (rest of the world)? It’s complicated
This complicated aspect goes into different categories: history of each region and country, philosophy (branches like sociology and political science), etc

I’d like to say that slavery and serfdom were abolished every single time due to rebellions, but this isn’t always the case
Ultimately, another thing to consider is how people view abolition movements today. How do “moderates” and liberals view prison, ICE, police, etc? Many support it, most truly want to be apathetic towards politics but end up getting dragged in one way or another
ICE literally does slavery, yet many liberals, moderates, and conservatives fervently support keeping ICE—thinking it can be “reformed” or simply ignore their various abuses washingtonpost.com/news/post-nati…
This is why apathy towards atrocities is not always clear cut. It’s complicated. Considering how much I care about this, you can already tell how much scrutiny I’m gonna give Wandering Witch to see if there’s any signals hinting towards this complexity and chaos
TL;DR: my response to: “one does not be apathetic towards slavery; one can only be for or against it” is: “You’d be surprised at humanity’s capacity to either not give a shit or compartmentalize so much and so well that inaction towards atrocity becomes consistently normal
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Idk about you, but if you don’t include clear dehumanization and erasure as a form of violence, then you don’t know what the fuck you’re talking about when it comes to how in-group/out-group mentality works and how it’s just one step towards promoting genocide
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Reformism (Malatesta): theanarchistlibrary.org/library/errico…
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