whatever-sp wrote:Did other people here consider themselves misanthropes?
Yes, but I don't use that term because of the negative connotations. I think it specifically refers to a dislike/hatred of mankind
, but is sometimes interpreted as hating people at an individual level, or as being sociopathic. I dislike people as a collective group/society/species, but I like persons (i.e. people as individuals). The things I dislike about people are not something that I can blame upon any one person. I feel we are all complicit, and thus my dislike of the human race extends to myself.
I think you can be a misanthrope and still be kind and caring. Kurt Vonnegut's books express misanthropic views, but then one of his often quoted lines is: "There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- 'God damn it, you've got to be kind.'"
I related to most of what Ayn Rand wrote about "man haters". I don't know if that term is better or worse than misanthrope. Perhaps worse considering how divisive Ayn Rand seems to be!
No diagnosis, lots of opinions, and a bunch of issues that I haven't quite figured out.