When one tries to prove his identity through distinctive possession, he is on insecure ground. It matters not whether the possession be a title, a position, a social status, a marriage partner, an accumulation of wealth, or a cause - it is sure to bring him anxiety.
The owner becomes anxious about losing his possession, for its loss translates in his mind as a loss of separate identity. Once more he is confronted with the scepter of finding himself indistinguishable from the mob he so deplores.
- Laurence G. Boldt