Though I often find myself rallying behind human rights causes, I easily label myself a misanthrope. I think it\’s out of self-defense. As an overly emotive person who finds empathy to be an every day occurence, I spent years on an emotional yo-yo, feeling my way through the experiences of everyone around me as well as my own. Once I looked past the end of my nose, I found the world to be an amazingly huge place filled with an overwhelming amount of emotional experience (which is why it is easier to hide inside of myself). If your radar is the type that picks up on it, you might end up like a compass near a magnet, no longer knowing which way is up. I definitely did.
Being so easily emotionally influenced meant that I had to find a way to navigate if I was going to allow myself to be open to the world. That meant placing limits. Fighting small battles of injustice instead of the overwhelming wars. Allowing myself to become emotionally involved with only a very small amount of people and issues. Multiples, masses,