Ben Franklin Has A Suggestion For You
Ever the consummate artisan, Ben Franklin designed the first American penny in 1787. It’s called the Fugio Cent. It contains the maxim “Mind Your Business.” Historians believe that he wanted this to be the national motto. Millions of people, in the public and private sectors, conducting business under the guiding principle of minding their merchant and personal business, i.e., you do your thing, and I'll do mine. We can work side by side, harmoniously, and as long as our moral compasses are in balance we will build a wonderful community. So, mind your business.
Fast forward a few hundred years to today. Minding one's own business is hardly a priority for many individuals, never mind governments. We have people trolling and stalking others on the Internet and hacking into their computers and phones. Email providers like Google are offering other companies in the marketplace valuable information extracted from our email so they can better target us as customers. According to Google, we accepted this if we opened a Gmail account. Whether we have a Gmail account or not, whether we care or not that an email provider is soliciting our private correspondence to third parties.