Recently I was driving when I saw a man in a yellow Hi-vis jacket ushering me off the main road into a layby along with several other vehicles behind me. Two police vehicles and a string of 'officials' were lined up to receive the incoming vehicles. I stopped alongside one of the officials. Prior to his first question I took the lead and asked "Please, can you tell me exactly why you are about to ask me questions on my movements?. The 'officials' response was.."I dont know its just a job for me".
So in this case I told him that since he couldnt tell me WHY he wanted to know who i was and where I'd come from and where I was going, I refused in advance to answer any questions.
After a brief pause and a look of some vacancy he waved me on without question.
I really enjoyed that moment.
It's amazing at just how easily we give out information about ourselves just because someone we do not know who appears to be 'official' asks us to do so. My actions were not pre meditated, merely a response to my inner feeling at that exact moment but it clearly demonstrates the power we all hold even if we're not concious of it.
Freedom cannot be bought, as we can have it without the need to pay for it.