if you say that misanthroia is wrong, you will be forced to give non-misanthropic reasons in defense of it.
if you give non-misanthropic reasons, and you belive them, you cannot be a misanthrope.
if you do not believe those reasons, then you don't beleive misanthropia is wrong either. (because you have no arguement for it that you believe)
if you don't believe me, try to give a misanthropic arguement for philanthropy.
blagh... I'm not being clear...
believing misanthropia is wrong is a philanthropic stance, so because you cannot be both misanthropic and philanthropic, if you believe misanthropia is wrong you cannot be fully misanthropic.
so we have the smoking example.
the smoker says "smoking is wrong" then takes a puff. the smoker cannot fully be a smoker. he is either 1) saying something he doesn't really believe or 2) trying to quit (however half-heartedly or unsuccessfully).
the differance here is that misanthropia is a thought, not an action.
so it would be like saying I am a christian who doesn't believe in christianity- if i do not believe in Christianity, I am not a christian by definition.
sorry for bringing religeon into it, but I used it because it was a well-known school of thought. I could just as well have said Utilitarianism, or Darwinism, or Perspectivism, or, yes, misanthropy.
Have you ever felt so at one with the world, with the universe, with everything that is, that you were overcome with love?
That is reality. That is the truth. What we make of it is up to us.
-One by Richard Bach
Last edited by Emet, Paladin of Truth; 06-08-10 at 07:35 PM.