Pain is a cruel slavemaster. It dangles your freedom papers in front of you “One day you’ll be free!” But it keeps on giving you lashes whatever you do. And especially if don’t do anything. It is arbitrary in its punishments, you can’t negotiate with it. “Yessuh, Massa, I’ll be a good boy!”
No matter how good you are, you are still a slave. And you will be. Get with a program!
No Manumission. No freedom.