I’ve been trying to get better about this. Before I speak or write anything I try to stop and think: is this something that a corporation wants me to say, for the corporation’s profit? Have I been programmed? Or have I done my own thinking?

Not just a corporation; any group at all that prescribes language in any way. Are my words my own? Do they come from my heart or somebody else’s — a marketer, whether malign or benign? Have I gotten the best information I can before I communicate? Am I doing my best?

I’ve been trying to be more mindful before I speak or write, and my words are inscribed in the foreverness of the internet or somebody’s memory. Things come back to haunt you.