Interestingly, I’ve always thought my attachment to this idea that I’m a human being was the real source of my problems. I always feel ashamed and angry and deeply, deeply sad whenever someone treats me as less than a person. I even point out to people how their words and deeds dehumanize me and ask for an explanation. I do it knowing that the person’s just going to double down on that treatment and make me feel more ashamed, more angry, more sad. So much so that I have to force myself to leave the house and interact with other human beings, force myself to live a “flourishing” life in the Aristotelian sense (e.g. man as political animal). And I keep doing this because of my foolish attachment to a self-image as human being. If I can just let go of that, I’ll be free of all these bad feelings. Now which one of these thorns in my side is my humanity and how do I take it out?