A tyrant can steal everything from you but your knowledge of who you are. That, only you can give away.

When someone else imprisons or enslaves you, you still know who you are—even if you are prevented from expressing it.

But when you make your goal in life to be someone you are not, or to be part of something that is not you, that is the ultimate surrender. There is no greater captivity, for your essence and being have been locked away in a dark cell.

It is an oppression of the worst sort, but also the easiest to escape. After all, you admitted yourself into this place. So who is preventing you from signing out?