That's a really good analogy, Corboy. And as cult-members, we do tend to feel like property; "I am SGI." That loss of identity and individuality de-persons you; your concerns are only relevant in how they relate to the cult, your decisions are based on how they affect your functions in the cult.
From 2006 through 2013, every single time I moved (and that was five times), one of the primary criteria in me picking an apartment was whether there was a place for me to set up my altar. The first thing to be unpacked and set up was my altar. The first thing I did in my new place was gongyo.
It took me a few weeks here before it even dawned on me that none of that crap had even crossed my mind, and I felt another little "hit" of liberation.
You do not own yourself if you're a member of a cult.
I've been reading a fascinating book for the past couple of weeks; while it's about Christianity, it is almost a manual for how to create a cult. Very, very scary . . .