Apparently, since nowadays the majority of people are not intelligent enough to appreciate good manners and kindness and they’re going to look down on me for trying to do so, I am supposed to compromise and be merciless too. Right, that would help the World!
Are you really equating politeness and kindness and ceding in other’s favor and against one’s own ego with weakness? Do you realize that being polite and selfless, in this difficult, extremely competitive, and full-of-nasty-people World, actually takes a lot of strength and effort? A lot of love for yourself? That's the kind of people who actually SHINE in this World and are an inspiration to others during dark times.
Good work on selling one of the oldest and greatest lies in the book as a liberating truth!