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Most of humanity is probably descended from slaves (mingled with slave-owner genetics, no doubt). Being on a team is a very social activity; but if the team owner is brutal, maybe not a winning activity. Is it worse to be on a team, or to be passed over? Jefferson admits that he whipped some of his slaves; (and he sired children with at least one of them). The problem arises when quitting "the team" is not an option. A famous stoic, Epictitus, was rendered lame by an owner who shackled him in leg irons; yet he later became tutor to Emperor Marcus Aurelius.

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