According to Oxford Dictionary, Selfishness is the quality of being Selfish. As per the same dictionary, a selfish person is concerned chiefly with one’s own personal profit or pleasure. Searching the same for Compassion shows is explained as sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others. These do seem to be exact opposite. I always felt so too. But somewhere inside me there was this thought that the two can co-exist.
So can two opposite things exist together? They can. But then I wondered about how things in life seem circular or cyclic. If there are 2 things on 2 ends of a straight line and then you bend that line in a circle, they become the same thing. And when 2 ends meet, they become the whole. A circle represents the complete.