In my early years I had an all encompassing belief that the universe revolved around my arse. Apparently this is quite common among single children and ‘tail end charlies’ like myself, whose elder brothers were nearly 10-years older than me.
It also didn’t help that I came into my mothers life at a very difficult time when she was being physically abused by my father, as she told me in later years, I was the raft that she clung to during the storms of her turbulent marriage. She finally divorced my father when he was coming up for retirement as she couldn’t bear the thought of being stuck in the house with the miserable old bastard 24/7.
All of this meant that instead of being a well rounded individual when I stepped out on my own in the world, I was actually an arrogant, egotistical son-of-a-bitch. I was fortunate enough to meet someone who recognized the sociopathic aspect of my own nature and managed to wean me off the worst excesses of it.
However, I am often left with a feeling that I am only pretending to be human, following an almost programmed process of condition-response.
I don’t think I am alone in this…
For those of you that enjoy this amusing and comic portrayal, there are a number of other thought provoking animations as part of the RSA: Shorts series, I heartily recommend them.