Don’t tell me about them. They are nothing more than their impact on you… — if you are not affected, then they do not matter.
On the other hand, if you become submissive, then you yourself are responsible for your own enslavement. No one can force you to become a slave; The only person responsible for your own slavery is you.
You do not need to etch your name into a tree which isn’t a part of yourself. If you were to do so, then the mark you leave would no longer be a part of yourself, it would merely be a scar left on the tree.
Own your own words, do not give them up!
Use your own voice, there is no other voice that can speak your own piece of mind!
Resist others who seek to own you in any way — remain free to choose as you wish!