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Sābanto is an English loanword into the Japanese language, written phonetically. Japanese doesn't have a natural V or a hard R. The macron over the A means it's an elongated sound, imitating an R. The word means a ‘servant’. The word maid - maido - is more popular in Japan to describe a servant. However, I found a use of Sābanto in the context of the book more effective.
What does it symbolize?
To answer that question we need to go back and look at hierarchies and caste systems in human history.
There is little evidence that social levels existed before the Neolithic period. However, starting about 7500 years ago, the first farming cultures showed signs of division. For example, some people were cultivating less fertile soil than the others.
In Mesopotamia, 5500 years ago (3500 BC) society was already categorizing its people into groups based on socioeconomic factors like wealth, income, race, education, ethnicity, gender, occupation, social status, or derived power (social and political). That is also when the first mention of slavery is documented.
This divide between people continued through the ages of Ancient Greece, Egypt, the Roman Empire and the Middle Ages. What is worth noticing is that society always has groups at the bottom of the hierarchy.
Even with the abolition of slavery, this divide continued to exist. There was no longer a master and a slave but there were still wealthy and beggars. This dynamic was existent up to and including the industrial revolution, when human life was expendable in the name of chasing cheaper production and maximizing profits.
Today there are still people at the bottom of the social hierarchy. Homeless, addicted and mentally ill, to name a few. Many times we go about our lives and we forget that they exist. We race to be part of the world of the better off - those standing higher than us - as an ultimate reward. We work on our education and careers. We gamble, hoping to make that jump up one day, kick up our feet and finally relax, enjoying the new reality.
Many examples in history show that the chances of becoming extremely wealthy are close to none. However, a single unfortunate event in our lives might make us poor and homeless. That is why it might be better for us to look down and prepare for our fall, rather than chase the unattainable. What kind of help would we like to receive when we hit the rock bottom of society? If we bring that bottom higher, maybe the fall wouldn't be that long and painful?
Will we ever be able to remove the lowest level in our society and ensure that no one is homeless or ever goes hungry or cold? Can Sābanto finally be the real answer? Can Sābanto serve humanity?
Sābanto is an IDEA.
Sābanto is HOPE.
Sābanto is a REVOLUTION.