[Men] soon learn to enjoy displaying their harness and prance proudly beneath their trappings
Custom becomes the first reason for voluntary servitude. Men are like handsome race horses who first bite the bit and later like it, and rearing under the saddle a while soon learn to enjoy displaying their harness and prance proudly beneath their trappings. Similarly men will grow accustomed to the idea that they have always been in subjection, that their fathers lived in the same way; they will think they are obliged to suffer this evil, and will persuade themselves by example and imitation of others, finally, investing those who order them around with proprietary rights, based on the idea that it has always been that way.
The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude, Etienne de La Boétie 1530 -1563