I've had an interesting experience over the last few years. I don't feel comfortable going into all the details of it - but I'll try to put it in fairly general terms, so I won't embarass myself anymore than necessary.
I found myself starting to hate some people - because of what they were doing to others. I think it was mostly from a sense of injustice, plus there was an element of fear as well. But the overwhelming feeling was/is of pure hatred. I think part of it might also be tied up in my mania, but as I'm not really taking much of my medication at the moment I just have to try and deal with it myself.
It's totally different to the way I normally am - I have a genuine affection for people on a personal level, it's just that when I see others being hurt or made to be afraid I want to eliminate the person causing that fear.
I constantly remind myself that it's just certain people that are/have been doing these things - it's not everyone.
I don't really know much about this whole concept of misanthropy as, like I say, it was fairly new to me when I first joined this forum. I do know quite a lot about hatred though.
thats totally understandable mate, you recognised it, some of us don't get that far.
I think people get confused on the subject and equate it to a death cult. when I see or hear about people torturing animals and being totally unnecessarily cruel for the sake of being cruel I see red and become incredibly angry, a misanthrope isn't devoid of feeling or concern, the fact a person feels concerned about people being exploited in third world countries or animals being skinned alive means they have concern for welfare. their ideology is motivated in part by concern or compassion.
people seem to think that every misanthropes antidote is annihilation but it can be quite the opposite, humans have an incredible capacity for compassion and love, beyond that of anything on our planet. we have serious potential yet we favour a more negative path. its a sad and tragic thing really. a person could be a hopeful misanthrope because we can see the potential in others if we look hard enough, for instance, a person can recognise how a criminal can be rehabilitated rather than put to death. I just want humanity to improve, not for us to die and I struggle at times and lose faith in our ability to ever take the right path, I recognise we all make mistakes ,I make enough of them myself! I just wish we'd chose the right thing to do in regards to the things that really matter. this is why I become a misanthrope because given the conscious choice so many of humanities decisions are based on hate,or their ego, or exploitation, selfishness and greed, rather than love, compassion.