What do you own? Who, or what, owns you?
...like, real, true ownership...
Have you ever given two cents worth of thought to this? Probably not...and that's OK... for consumerism and psychopathic entities. Yay!
Yippee ki-yay, mutha-fructose!
The real question here is who (or what) owns your thinking center. And I do mean to say "thinking center", as opposed to "thoughts", because it should be clear with a little introspection that YOU own your thoughts, not the other way around...but I suppose it's a lack of introspection that is the true demon here.
Here's a method to probe this question in a way that bares real fruit:
Ask yourself "who am I"? See what pictures (in your mind) and what feelings/ emotions (in your body) you tag as "self", then question it. See if it's really true that you're accurately defined by those images/ feelings and the thoughts that they evoke.
Pro tip for if you want to achieve this to any level of not wasting your energy/time for mere mental masturbation or senseless self-torture:
Relax. Be present. Don't BE your thoughts. Rather, OBSERVE your thoughts. Don't agree or disagree or be indifferent to your feelings. Rather, OBSERVE them along with any resistances or "reinforcers" that may be present.
When you come to the realization (from the above method of creating a space of presence for yourself to see your psyche more objectively and, therefore, more accurately) that you're much greater than your thoughts or emotions; that you're more powerful than your thoughts, memories, emotions and reactions to any combination of them which may be triggered by environmental circumstances; we can start to have this conversation on who really owns what/ whom.
Once we can clearly see the inner "controller", that part which observes the thoughts/ emotions and can discern identification from self, or the true "center" to consciousness, we're in control of ourselves in the sense that we've allowed ourselves the power to see and smell the bullshit of our psyche. When we're sufficiently "centered" (present), it becomes crystal clear that we don't really ever own anything external to that immeasurable center, and that the same can be said for every other living being.
And, yes, that includes the car and house you just paid off. It includes your close family members, wife or husband. And even your chess rating, as much as it pains me to admit that to myself :(
Even your body and your mind aren't really yours! Not in the absolute sense of the word (ownership). Just ask death. He knows a thing or two about it. Not that you BELIEVE you have the courage to really contemplate it. Of course, you really do, but not without questioning the fear that arises when you catch wind of non-existence.
What's yours is the essence of non-identification, that state in which one can discern belief from the reality of the moment - THIS moment and every future moment as it appears in the NOW. That is you, and that CAN be owned by someone or something else, if we unwittingly allow it by not being sufficiently centered, or "grounded", in ourselves.
Of course, that ownership switches hands the moment we become sufficiently present. Of course, regaining that ownership is to develop real (spiritual) strength, a whole magnitude beyond developing confidence by comparison with our peers, which is really only ego masturbation and eventually leads to our own suffering in one way or another (this is where the word "karma" could have entered into the picture).
Then, and only then, will this question of who has power over what become asininely comical. If only we knew how dorky we all are behaving nearly all the time, we might just snap out of it all at once and the world would immediately become a 10X better place to live in for all of us, except for the psychopaths, of course.
Gotta feel bad for all the psychopaths out there in the world...
Alright, off the soap box I go.
Thanks for standing through the torture :)