turning the place
by Dennis Scharnberg
Edwin had decided upon a line of reasoning that went like this: (1) The one who hates himself can at least respect himself for having the substance necessary to hate himself. (2) No, it’s this way: The one who despises himself does so in order to be able to “respect” himself in that way. (3) It’s all one big contorted act of self-admiration, like everything else.
Benedict Elder, A Cosmopolitan Paradise.