Confessions of a Misanthropic
— The only monster in this world is ignorance.
Why do we human lie, cheat, rape, kill, pollute, and destroy?
Why does it look like nobody cares about the overall development of humanity?
Are we doomed to egocentrism or the there a way out?
Willem Frederick Hermans describes his first account of misanthropic thought in his semi-autobiographical Richard Simmillion.
In primary school, the class is divided into pairs, who each have to take care of the little garden with flowers. Willem describes how beautiful the flowers were. Next he writes about how he suffered when the other children killed the plants because they wouldn’t listen to his common sense.
Likewise, I consider little children to be monsters. Most children get way with naivety as adults perceive this childish innocence.
Don’t get me wrong but children, especially in groups, scare the shit of me.
If they want to annoy you, there is no who can stop them, without doing something wrong.
- If you try logic, they will laugh it away.
- If you try anything remotely physical, you will end up in jail.
- If you ask nicely to bother someone else, it will encourage them to continue their wicked efforts.
Hence I consider most children to be evil because of their ignorance of life.
If there is one place where dogma rules, it is education.
Here children are supposed to be disciplined.
What do we learn?
We learn about humanities heroic deeds called history, science, and philosophy.
We learn two ‘truths’:
- You have to educate yourself about life, but wise teachers can help you along the way.
- If you want to amount anything in this world, you have to learn to work together.
These so-called rules are just made up to keep the system in place.
Our institutions highjack our consciousness; to keep the focus on human improvement instead of universal awareness.
As I see it, education does a lousy job at being self-critical.
All the so-called human horrors like climate change, come down two factors.
- The need of the body to repeat any previous action or thought makes it very difficult to change any form of physical or mental behavior.
- The invention of debt and blame makes it easier to circumvent misinterpretation.
I believe people do not set out to harm others, but because most people are very inefficient at communication they achieve the contrary to their efforts.
Also, multiple beliefs limit our scope of perspectives.
Hence, a growth-oriented life deludes the self from taking full accountability for one’s actions.
A misanthrope would ask himself If mistakes are allowed under the guise of learning.
Some would even go so far as seeing growth orientation as a collective flight from the ethical question:
Do we deserve to live on this planet as species?
I assume that most parents vastly overestimate their capacity to nourish a child without accidentally inflicting trauma.
Having children will be the hardest task you will ever undertake in a lifetime.
Why are so many parents than not fit for the task?
Ideally, you should have sorted out any psychological baggage, have healthy exercise, dietary and mental habits, and have a loving and financial stable situation.
Even if you qualify with merit in the above requirements, I think it is selfish to add more people when overpopulation endangers other species on this planet.
How do you explain to your children that you and they are equally responsible for the killing of more than 50% of these planets biodiversity?
Every misanthrope will study human psychology to find the root of his negative projection.
Most individuals will conclude that because of our mental biases, we will always be ignorant of the truth.
When the misanthrope digs deeper, he or she comes in contact with the philosophy of ethics.
You understand that judgment towards any species lacks a holistic perspective.
The universe does not give or take.
If there was a cosmic law, people are ill-equipped to grasp the meaning.
So instead, we like to copy the laws of nature.
Does the ‘Survival of the fittest’ comply with ethics?
Or is ethics only a human construct?
I know I am overly critic of people, including my self.
It is part of who I am.
One of the benefits of having misanthropic thoughts is a lack of fear of death.
Instead of seeing this as the endless sleep, I perceive this as the final escape of reality.
Whereas accepting reality is difficult, forgiving humanity is almost impossible in the face of creation.
Therefore any misanthrope is motivated to transcend his human existence.
I certainly pray that enlightenment exists and is attainable to the broader public.
This text is #3 of the 30-days creative writings challenge.