I wonder if ancient Egyptians used form W-4?
Then, as now, there were people who were willing to exchange freedom for security.The fact that they had to pay for it is even more to Franklin’s point.
Not surprising to anyone who does research on what exactly took place in those temples each morning. The priest had themselves a good 'ol time and I'm sure the slaves who paid to be there got to see quite a show.
It sounds like being a non-union member who still has to pay union dues in a non-Right to Work state. It’s still better than belonging to the union.
Temple slavery back then could get a little weird. For example, nobody was even allowed to enter much of the great Temple Complex of Karnak, which is over twice the size of Vatican City, unless every bit of hair had been shaved from their bodies.