Wonderfully written. I couldn’t agree more.
I would like to point out however, that everything you listed that these people did to you, we do to nonhuman animals constantly every single day of our lives. And they have no way to object, as we can. To truly mean it when we say that WE are not oppressors, we must end our oppression of them. This means living Vegan:
If we have empathy, we need to understand that it’s unreasonable to expect others to refrain from oppressing us as long as we are oppressing others, regardless of their species. Truly exercising our empathy means living Vegan.