What is ownership, a lot of people will say ownership mean control. I own this property; I decide what to do with it. I own this car, I decide what can be done with it, who can drive it. I own this dog; I decide what will happen to it. I own this child; I decide what it shall be taught. I own this women or man; they are my spouse. I own myself; I decide what I will do, how I will act.
Some say ownership is being responsible for what is owned. I own this property; I am responsible for what to do with it, if the weeds from my yard spread to my neighbor, it is my fault. I own this car, I am responsible for who uses it what can be done with it, who can drive it, if someone I allow to drive it has an accident I get to pay for it. I own this dog; I am responsible for what will happen when it is out, if it bites someone I will pay for it. I own this child; I am responsible for what my child shall be taught, if I have not taught my child well, I am responsible for mistakes they make. I am responsible for this women or man; they are my spouse, they depend upon me. I own myself; I am responsible for what I will do, how I will act, if I make a mistake, the consequence will be mine.
Do I have a choice on what ownership means to me? Of course, the secret is the way I choose will tell a lot about the values that I have. Most people will say that ownership should be a responsibility, except when it comes to themselves, then they say that they have control of themselves, and do not worry about the consequences.
So now I ask WHO OWNS ME? Who controls me, who has responsibility for me? Does the boss at work control me? Do I depend on the government to take care of part of my needs, if so do they own part of me? Does my spouse take care of part of my needs, is there control over me because of that, (be aware I do not feel that is a bad thing). Do I do things like garden, and store the food I grow, do I have a back up source for heat, am I out of debt, or am I working on it? A wise man once said "if you are prepared you need not fear". Those things help me to be independent. Am I addicted to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, or porn? Those things take away my control of myself, and leave me with the excuse "they do not harm anyone else and I want to do them.
The great thing about owning my self is that make me FREE, the scary thing about freedom is how do I use that freedom, do I help others, or just look out for my self,
A personal thought from the book of Grandpasteve, in reality I have very little control over what happens to me, I can lose my job tomorrow, at my age I could have a heart attack and be gone before morning, for you youngsters, it could come to you while you are hot rodding around tonight, we can both be gone before morning. The only thing I truly own is my ability to make a decision, a choice, think on that, do you make your choices or does someone else make them for you..