but necessarily, systematically, from its very nature.”
These, together with your text, young gentlemen, are leading authorities on this subject.
Following these, we should adopt the belief that the principle of slavery in question is, as they express it, “an absorption of the humanity of one man into the will of another;” or, in other words, that “slavery contemplates him, not as a responsible, but a mere sentient being — not as a man, but a brute.”
If this be so, the wonder is not, as they affirm, that the civilized world is so indignant at its outrageous wrongs, but that “it has been so slow in detecting its gross and palpable enormities: that mankind, for so many ages, acquiesced in a system as monstrously unnatural as would be a general effort to walk upon the head or to think with the feet!”
We need have no hesitation in flatly denying the truth of this description, and pronouncing it a caricature.
For if this be a faithful description, we can safely affirm that no instance of slavery ever existed under the authority of law in any nation known to history.
In the first place, the state of things so rhetorically described is a palpable impossibility.
The constitution of the human mind is in flat contradiction to the idea of the absorption of the will,