Reacting to my own defensiveness, of course.
The issue isn't so much that one's empathy is being directed one way or the other -- the issue is that one's empathy is the object, no matter how temporary, of this pervasive morbid competition, the culture at large.
What I want to tell to fuck off wherever it surfaces is this general competitive intolerance. The endless qualifying, correcting, withholding. Which I just engaged in. Just fuck the fuck off.
At the same time, I appear to be in no hurry to let go of my need to be number one or nothing at all.
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