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Have you ever noticed how the most grandiose sort of idealism often goes hand in hand with a deep-seated misanthropy?
Think of a person who simultaneously (a) goes around saying he doesn’t want to waste his life, has big ideas, wants to ‘change the world’ in one way or another, and all his statements are premised on the idea that people should be more generous and philanthropic, and (b) expresses disgust for much of mankind, to the point of saying it wouldn’t be such a terrible thing if there were a sizable die-off, a plague, etc. They ruin the planet, they start wars, they make all the wrong decisions, they prefer the wrong things.
On the face of it, (a) and (b) shouldn’t coexist. Quite often, they do. What is really going on?
Perhaps what makes this person hate mankind so much is that they don’t seem to instinctively appreciate his greatness. And so, with his Big Ideas, by hook or by crook, he’s going to make them, whether they like it or not, dammit.
Any resemblance to political figures of current prominence is purely coincidental, or course.
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