The loss of misanthropic innocence.

Friend who will remain nameless, early this morning as I’m trying to suck down enough caffeine to get across the room, about having to participate in a particular obnoxious market (no quotes verbatim):

“I can only handle so much sucking up to people, and them sucking up to me, even though they’re really just waiting for someone interesting to come along.”


“You just described the whole marketplace. The job market. And dating. Basically everything involving humans.”



“This is what happens! You have all these random people looking you over.”


“Again, you just described everything! That’s why this species is so ghastly! In every interaction you’re being judged by your inferiors…”


4 Responses to “The loss of misanthropic innocence.”

  1. ben wolfson Says:

    A little something for the misanthropes among you. I found the contributions of Brett Schulte especially fascinating.

  2. Mike Says:

    You would love humanity if more humans would accept you. So it’s not humanity qua humanity. It’s your lack of worshipers.

    I, on the other hand, hate myself as well as the rest of humanity. That might make me the only true misanthrope.

  3. Mike Says:

    Although I do hate these people more than I hate myself:

  4. Paul Gowder Says:

    But failing-to-worship-me is an essential property of humanity. (See the beginning of Hobbes, Leviathan.)

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