Thanks for the excellent read & thoughtful observations Bernie Bleske
We lived overseas for 15 years & had domestic helpers — aka servants. At first, we resisted too but realized not only our need for them— so we could do the work we came there for — but also because it was selfish & inconsiderate to not do so. We provided work where good jobs were scarce. We chose to treat them with respect, as I believe is right to do. We developed relationships, as you mentioned also. We realized we couldn’t change the culture of servitude — it existed before & after our presence there — but we could influence people we encountered.
Service of any kind needs to be appreciated & respected, no matter what its description or cultural setting.
Thankfulness and respect help counter or mollify inequities when we have little power to do more.