for the ox is the poor man’s slave, a work in progress pt. 1

Aristotle says:

Out of these two relationships between man and woman, master and slave, the first thing to arise is the family, and Hesiod is right when he says, “First house and wife and an ox for the plough,” for the ox is the poor man’s slave.

That is the animal is the first possession, the first “instrument of action, the first slave.”

So then how does the ox liberate itself from bondage? If the ox is truly lacking in  intellect there is no hope for a Hegelian liberation. For how could the ox come to know itself as having the true power of freedom through production and connection with its work.

And the master cannot free the ox for ou’s very being (civility, material) is dependent on the ox.

And if the master cannot free the ox, and the ox cannot free itself, who shall be the liberator?

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