You cannot manage me, you cannot control me in any way.
Seriously, why would you want to control me, direct me, frame me or influence how I think or behave?
But we do this.
We raise children. We hire employees. We hire contractors. We meet and partner with someone we love, or hate, or love/hate … it’s complicated, but you get my meaning. We attempt to influence behavior of others while most of us have enough troubles managing ourselves.
We all go to school, learn skills and develop as people. More school, more skills, work, more skills, relationships, more skills, hobbies, more skills … and so it goes that we build ourselves into well rounded thoughtful and effective pros at many things – but most of all, we become the professional managers of this fantastic product called ME.
Yes, we are each the boss of ME.
So, what does that mean, being our own boss?
So much of the world we inhabit is influenced by choices made in boardrooms, and computer data centers, by bureaucrats, autocrats, by republican and democrats – politicians, leaders, dictators, and borderline sane people in power – to say nothing of Google, Amazon, etc. of the world tweaking everything we deal with. Add on A.I., and I don’t know what the world is like anymore.
We need to draw a line.
In the sand.
A collective line, not a wall.
We need to defend our territory of SELF, defend it like we are a country under siege by a powerful foe who seeks to enslave us, enslave our data and manipulate our minds.