Here is why I am selfish.

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.
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