I am selfish because I know the limits of empathy. I decided to whine for a while when nobody cared about my pain. But then I was accused of being spoiled. For a while I had believed that they may be right. But something dawned on me – I was still in so much pain that I was unable to function like a normal human being.
I was brought up to turn the other cheek. I did not learn to retaliate – a skill I still lack. So people exploited my meekness.
That is how I reached the breaking point. The Atlas Shrugged moment. The best way to retaliate is by not cooperating. It is non-violent but very powerful.
I have to do it like I want to.