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How Are You Mancipated?

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Are you mancipated? That's how I started this article title. But then I changed it to 'How are you mancipated?'

Now, you may be thinking that I mean Emancipated. But no. I mean to use the word mancipated, without the E, the word which shows up as a misspelling in my spell checker and which is not translatable by google or Microsoft translation apps.

I think you ARE mancipated. But for you to understand what I mean, you'll need to understand the word. So, here's how I got to it.

I was browsing through one of the hundreds of antiquarian books I've acquired over the years. In this case, a 1768 third edition of one of the first English Language dictionaries-- The Johnson Dictionary.

Title page from 1768 3rd edition Johnson Dictionary
Title page from 1768 3rd edition Johnson Dictionary
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It can be entertaining and enlightening to look up the way words were defined 252 years ago. For example, the definition of electricity is "an interesting property of amber."

I decided to look up the word slave. Here's what came up.

Definition of Slave from 1768 3rd edition Johnson Dictionary
Definition of Slave from 1768 3rd edition Johnson Dictionary
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Note that back then, the letter S was printed to look like an F. So the definition of slave is: "One mancipated to a master; not a freeman; a dependant.

The word manicipated caught my attention. It was a word I didn't recognize. So I looked it up in the same dictionary and here's what came up:

Definition of mancipate from 1768 3rd edition Johnson Dictionary
Definition of mancipate from 1768 3rd edition Johnson Dictionary
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the definition of the verb "mancipate" is: To enslave; to bind; to tie.

The definition of 'mancipation' is: Slavery, involuntary obligation.

That got me thinking about how today, in this world, we are bound to and tied to so many different elements of our culture. We are 'mancipated' to a world where almost all of us are dependent upon major corporations to get food, to keep the lights on, to warm our homes, to clothe and feed ourselves. We are mancipated to the media to keep us aware of what is going on. We are mancipated to employers so we can afford access to healthcare. We are mancipated to employers so we can secure the resources to eat, have shelter, clothing, heat, etc.

Now this little exercise in language and words started with my search for amusement in a quarter millennia old book. I wanted to see how archaic ideas translate in modern day. Instead, Samuel Johnson's dictionary led me to think about an old, not longer used idea in a new way.

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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. 

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization (more...)
 

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