When writing this post, it's 2013. That means it's 150 years since Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. As it happens, it's also 150 years since the Dutch abolished slavery in its colonies altogether. It's a good moment, I think, to look back. There is quite a lot of talk about slavery: it is said it made the West rich, whilst keeping other parts as poor as conceivably possible. It's said to be the biggest scar on Western civilization. It's said to affect a lot of lives to this day. I am really curious. In what way would you say slavery affects your life and the society you live in?