According to Juan Enriquez, our electronic legacy is as permanent as a tattoo. He offers four lessons from the ancient Greeks and one from Latin America to assist us in handling this.
1) Sisyphus: Sisyphus was punished for chronic deceitfulness by being forced to roll a boulder up and down a hill forever.
We must take care with what we post, for it will be there longer than we think.
2) Orpheus and Eurydice: Orpheus charmed the Gods of the underworld to release his beloved, on the condition that he didn’t look at her until they were out. He couldn’t resist and she was lost to him forever.
With all the data out there it may be an idea not to look too far into the pasts of those you love.
3) Atlanta and Hippomenes: If Atlanta beat you, you’d die. Hippomenes beat her by rolling golden apples ahead of her, distracting her until he eventually won the race.
Remember the purpose as you’re tempted to tweet or Facebook about these golden apples.
4) Narcissus: Don’t fall in love with your own reflection.
And a lesson from Latin America. The original threat would have been to threaten someone with immortality rather than death. We are all now threatened with that because of our electronic tattoos.