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I think I'm probably somewhat misanthropic. I was extremely abused as a child, and also isolated as a byproduct to hide the abuse. I was taught to distrust everyone, that they were out to get me and if they knew what I was "really" like (I was essentially a sex slave from the age of two to a grown man) they would hate me. Ego? Well, I was also taught I was useless, ugly, worthless, and probably should have been aborted - so no, I don't think I've got an overabundance of ego.

What I do have is PTSD as a result of continued severe abuse. I also never got all those socialization skills you learned as a child - I didn't learn them until I was in my 30s and I'm still not good at a lot of personal interaction. I understand animals far better than I do people, and thus communicate and socialize better with animals and nature.

I don't really hate humanity. I don't want anyone to suffer. I know there are good people out there and I've had friends and lovers - but I'd much prefer to be by myself because it's incredibly stressful for me to be around other humans. I am very nice to people, because I don't really like them. I'm pretty good with people on the Internet because I have plenty of time to stop and think and I communicate well in writing, whereas in physical presence - well - I'd just rather not be there. I prefer to be alone or with my hubby (who also prefers to be alone - we can be alone together :D)

That said, I think most people who blab around about how much they hate people are attention seekers who are out to shock or get people to bend over being nice to prove them wrong. Sort of the whole "oh no one understands meee" blah blah blah that I have no patience for.
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foovay wrote:

I think I'm probably somewhat misanthropic. I was extremely abused as a child, and also isolated as a byproduct to hide the abuse. I was taught to distrust everyone, that they were out to get me and if they knew what I was "really" like (I was essentially a sex slave from the age of two to a grown man) they would hate me. Ego? Well, I was also taught I was useless, ugly, worthless, and probably should have been aborted - so no, I don't think I've got an overabundance of ego.

What I do have is PTSD as a result of continued severe abuse. I also never got all those socialization skills you learned as a child - I didn't learn them until I was in my 30s and I'm still not good at a lot of personal interaction. I understand animals far better than I do people, and thus communicate and socialize better with animals and nature.

I don't really hate humanity. I don't want anyone to suffer. I know there are good people out there and I've had friends and lovers - but I'd much prefer to be by myself because it's incredibly stressful for me to be around other humans. I am very nice to people, because I don't really like them. I'm pretty good with people on the Internet because I have plenty of time to stop and think and I communicate well in writing, whereas in physical presence - well - I'd just rather not be there. I prefer to be alone or with my hubby (who also prefers to be alone - we can be alone together :D)

That said, I think most people who blab around about how much they hate people are attention seekers who are out to shock or get people to bend over being nice to prove them wrong. Sort of the whole "oh no one understands meee" blah blah blah that I have no patience for.


I agree with you 100% and am mostly the same way. I didn't go through the same things but I have been through and have seen enough to know I don't really want much personal contact with other people. It isn't that I feel superior in any way as most of the time I see myself as being trash. I also don't have very good social skills at all offline but I can fake it sometimes. I have met people I like to talk to online but I am always waiting for the time they will hate me or cease to be friends. Unfortunately I tend to be mixed on how I feel about it all. Some days I have more hope and want to trust people and other days I am the complete opposite. It's very complicated as I do want people to suffer at times and then other times I would do anything to make everyone happy. I am kind of crazy >_< But yea...I don't think I could be classified as full misanthropist or anything though so my opinion probably doesn't matter.

Er...I mostly just want to say that people shouldn't automatically label those feelings as superiority and ego boosting.
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justanotherguy_2005 wrote:

Er...I mostly just want to say that people shouldn't automatically label those feelings as superiority and ego boosting.


zackly - if anything they probably don't like themselves and are afraid other people won't like them either.

Don't be hating on yourself though - you aren't trash - nobody is. You are what you make of yourself, we all have honor and a right to be here on this earth. If anything, those of us who have been mistreated should have even more sympathy for those with self esteem issues - and btw it's been my experience that we are stronger than those who have never been tested. Or at least - we are aware of our own strength.

Wait, am I making sense? I may have had a dirnk or two.

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foovay wrote:


justanotherguy_2005 wrote:

Er...I mostly just want to say that people shouldn't automatically label those feelings as superiority and ego boosting.


zackly - if anything they probably don't like themselves and are afraid other people won't like them either.

Don't be hating on yourself though - you aren't trash - nobody is. You are what you make of yourself, we all have honor and a right to be here on this earth. If anything, those of us who have been mistreated should have even more sympathy for those with self esteem issues - and btw it's been my experience that we are stronger than those who have never been tested. Or at least - we are aware of our own strength.

Wait, am I making sense? I may have had a dirnk or two.



Yea...I go back and forth on the whole hating myself thing too.... I tell other people that all the time but it's hard to stick to it all the time. I get what you are saying. I tend to be able to shrug things off a lot easier than most because most of the more common stuff people deal with is just nothing compared to other past stuff. I was worried I stopped making sense cause I get dizzy at times and lose track of where I was and then just kind of ramble on automatically. >_>
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I'm a Misanthropist with a few exceptions.

Why? Because humans are dirty, filthy creatures who rape, murder, and commit horrible heinous crimes. They lie, and cheat, and betray each other and treat people who are even a LITTLE bit different like some sort of freak.

And of course I hate myself for being such a weak, useless pathetic person.

People that have proven themself, to me, as a good person, are my exceptions. And generally I will be polite to people I don't know.

But honestly... A cat or a dog... Is better than any human.

I mean, how many humans do you know who will love you for their entire life, unconditionally, loyally, without any discrimination, who will protect you if you need it, look after you when you're down, forgive you when you treat them bad??
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I keep a small circle of friends but over all if someone one who was an adult with no real knowledge of humanity were to observe how people act I'd say that they'd come to hate people too.
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It's one of those things, that a little bit goes along way.
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Yes, I simply hate everybody. Not much of a story behind it, but whenever I trust somebody, anybody.. I always get screwed over in the end, no matter what I do for them.. So, I simply decided as my new years resolution, to stop trusting and believing in people. So far it's proven to be a good thing too!
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I'm just a borderline misanthropist whose in the middle of hating humanity and liking them. I like the other half of the human race there is still hope for us. The other half is a simple "I hate you" and "you'll never change" I'll like them if the change their ways but that is it. I can't love all of humanity and can't hate all of them either. I rather like one and continuing hating(disliking them isn't strong enough)the other. Just my personal opinion.
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Just read up on it http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misanthropy

Not so bad, it's understandable.
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A person can be great, but people are dicks.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkCwFkOZoOY

Think that sums up the difference between a person and people.

Eh. I don't hate them. Don't really love them either.
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Phersu wrote:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkCwFkOZoOY

Think that sums up the difference between a person and people.

Eh. I don't hate them. Don't really love them either.



That makes sense.
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People are going to be people. They're capable of terrible and beautiful things. I don't think humans are good but to be distrustful and hateful is rather short sighted. It's also very easy to hate groups of people, like republicans, rich people, black people, homosexuals, etc. We're all living beings trying to get by on this tiny little rock in our own vastly different ways of life.
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Mainstream media like CNN and Fox probably don't help. Typically you only hear about disasters and crimes, so negative press tends to dominate headlines.

I believe CNNs main headline the past 2 days was the Navy shooting, and then the news this morning was about a Canadian bus crashing and killing 5. It's back to the Navy shooting now.

That's probably a social thing though, people are usually drawn to horrific things, like the analogy about the car accidents. People will always stare at the accident, regardless of the circumstances.
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