There are some, perhaps more than we know, who live by the above tenet; their belief is in power and their motto is “possession is nine-tenths of the law.” Though they may not even realize that they are doing so, these people who believe that might is right nevertheless trample on people’s beliefs and appropriate their possessions without compunction without thought or explanation. To combat such depredations we must first recognize that they are happening in the first place, that we are being invaded and that our property, physical or mental, is being co-opted. Just as these powerful and charismatic people are often blind to their own actions and the effects of those actions, they are also blind to your rights and reactions and it must be pointed out that they are stepping over established boundaries. Though it is difficult, one must stand one’s ground against those who, by their very competence or confidence, believe they are more qualified to manage or have control of your person, those you are responsible for, or your property. Standing one’s ground can be quite difficult, but is much easier by not making a scene or entering into a shouting match; quiet steadfastness and a firm resolution to hang on to your responsibilities often defuse what can be a tense situation. Wouldn’t you rather hang on to what is yours?