You think atheists/humanists/freethinkers have it tough?
Check out the Wikipedia article on misanthropy.
Let me tell you, we don’t get no respect. No respect at all.
/* nervously adjusts necktie */
Misanthropes don’t hate humanity. We’re not filled with disgust. Scratch a misanthrope, and you will find a person with a deep, abiding, and non-judgmental love of human beings. Go ahead, scratch me. Lower, no lower; more to the left. Ah, that’s it. Oh, yeah.
But somewhere, something went terribly wrong. And that terrible wrongness played out again, and again, and again, at increasing levels of social distance, encompassing immediate family, then friends, lovers, colleagues, political representatives, and so on outward from the cornfields of Indiana to the cornfields of Jilin and everywhere in-between.
Social scientists have one explanation; psychologists and cognitive scientists have another. Philosophers, as usual, weigh in. The vast majority of people, religious and secular, would rather not give it any thought at all.
Misanthropes, ultimately, love you very much, and we want to be sure to let you know that. We’re just very, very, disappointed.