My response to Elliot Svensson, since I'm a newbie and couldn't respond directly to you.
Misanthropy, contrary to popular belief, is not the hatred of everybody. It is the general contempt and disdain for the human race. The misanthrope sees the human race as THE problem - destructive, apathetic, egotistical and mostly stupid. Misanthropes acknowledge they they are part of the human race they despise but tend to disassociate themselves from the crowd that evidently cannot detach themselves from the mob-mentality.
Surprising as it may be misanthropes do not shun everyone as most do have friends and family they care for and keep in touch with. They are not always averse to human interaction as the occasional conversation can be bearable and even pleasant depending, of course, on the person or persons they happen to be in conversation with. Some people are more tolerable than others. A few can be surprisingly logical. A few. Generally, the misanthrope prefers people to stay away and observe a generous personal space.
Tropes like "stronger together" are proof to the misanthrope that even the idiots, in spite of their low intellectual capacity, recognise problems exist in our world that need fixing but the very implication of the phrase itself is one of neediness and puts the misanthrope off. Gestures like group-hugs cause the misanthrope to squirm as they emphasise, once more, humans are emotionally needy and have a penchant for displaying their weak disposition. Social-kisses come across as insincere and pretentious but crap and all that jazz happens.
Seeing how many human beings are not even sufficiently capable of independent thought as evident from the garbage that is piling up on social media like dead bodies in an apocalypse, the misanthrope is convinced they do not want to be part of the stupidity that is the human race.
A day out for the supremely misanthropic is akin to torture. Hearing bimbotic girls squeal at the slightest provocation can feel like being skinned alive. Watching demonstrations of false machismo from boys and men trying to prove a point is no less painful. The girl in school uniform ahead of the misanthrope in the queue at the stationery store should never have been born. She is vehemently trying to figure what is half of the price of one pen in spite of the repeated insistence by the cashier that the special offer means she can buy two pens for the price of one. Her useless mother standing by quietly should never have spawned. Stupid breeds stupid. It would have been less painful getting stabbed with the same pen the dumb child was holding then to have to listen to the vegetable pretend to have a brain. In some such instances, death would have been a welcome respite. This is misanthropy.
The worse than can happen to a misanthrope who is well-known in their community for avoiding the people, is when said imbeciles regard them as mentally ill or needing support and intervention. Imbeciles have been known to employ NLP techniques in an attempt to 'help’ the misanthrope 'integrate’. NLP or Neuro Linguistic Programming is really about behaviour-modification. Below is taken from website for the NLP academy in UK.
"Neuro Linguistic Programming began it’s life early in the 1970s when an Associate Professor from the University of California, Santa Cruz, John Grinder, teamed up with an undergraduate Richard Bandler. Both men had a fascination with human excellence which charted a path for them to model behavioural patterns of selected geniuses."
The point is that while you can make a person adopt the behaviour and attitude of a genius, you cannot miraculously turn a village idiot into a certified genius. The abovementioned imbeciles have undergone NLP training. The programme may have benefitted a number of people but in the hands of idiots trying to apply it on someone else, their effort looks more like a circus act where Dodo the clown, reeking of alcohol, forgets he is no trapeze and falls to his death after a staggeringly spectacular attempt to swing to from platform to platform. Thus ends the existence of Dodo. Alas, the other humans still live and that asteroid is nowhere in sight.
Observing human antics can induce behaviour in the misanthrope that resembles madness. Crying and laughing at the same time - I call it craughing - is quite a feat for most but the misanthrope is quite adept at it.
The misanthrope finds ludicruous but understands how and why most human beings crave social interaction, seek approval and acceptance. That these super-social and needy humans cannot comprehend why the misanthrope might reject all that they stand for, desire and embrace is one more reason the misanthrope despises them. The misanthrope only needs to wake up each day to be convinced the human race is brain-dead.
The misanthrope decries those who make a huge display of their philanthropic gestures. They laugh hysterically at the appointment of one who has displayed perverse behaviour to the post of local community watch official. They despair at vain attempts to quantify the immeasurable like beauty which in turn promotes fake beauty and unrealistic ideas of perfection. They anger at the damaged and lost lives when failure to reach unrealistic expectations become overwhelming.The misanthrope, however, does not stop there. They condemn the idiotic for even trying. They died because they were weak-willed enough to fall prey to populism. No one pointed a gun to their heads. Just because they are dead does not mean they were not stupid when they were alive.
Few things that are not the laws of physics and mathematical formulas are set in stone. For every beautiful face there is one more beautiful to someone else somewhere. The homosexual condemned by various religious groups may just be the one to stop a depressive-suicidal from taking a flying leap off a building. The bald, middle-aged man on the bus may not have hair or a car but will be enthusiastically welcomed by his daughter when he gets home.
The conundrum and contradiction that is the misanthrope is the result of not being able to reconcile superficial values, shallow behaviour, cultural and religious slavitude, and prideful attitude at being lords of all living creatures with how evolved and superior humans are supposedly.
If reports are accurate, then we have caused more destruction than most of us care to admit.
Some blatantly and arrogantly deny the responsibility that is undeniably ours for healing the planet we destroyed in the first place. That’s how far gone we are as a species. Instead of pooling our resources into critical areas where it can do most good we are staging beauty pageants where the worst hypocrites claim to be feminists who promote equality for women but parade around in outfits they think will show off their physique advantageously so they can win a beauty contest. Hello bimbotic hypocrites.
Society has been dumbed-down and stupefied so that we are now intellectually bereft. The misanthrope wants to be detached from the mass stupidity. It's a zombiac frenzy out there and they are not interested in the lives of their fellow human beings. Just the the thought that they are fellow anything-at all with such contemptible morons is excruciating. Morons cause most of their own problems - leaking breast implants, freezing to death on the streets after a bout of heavy drinking at the pub, having no money for food after uncontrolled gambling are but examples that don't even make a fraction of the inexhaustible list. People are stupid. That does not mean the misanthrope thinks they are smarter.
From time to time the misanthrope may, out of sheer curiosity, look up other misanthropes like themselves. You do understand they are a rarity. Their search usually ends with the conviction that the problem with the human race - the incurable and inherent insipidity - is more pronounced than suspected. This usually happens when the search turns up blogs from people professing to be ex-misanthropes but especially the ex-teenage misanthrope.
One of the definitions of a teenager ought to be 'an angry person aged 13 to 19’. Being always angry can lead to the mistaken belief that one is a misanthrope but no, that isn’t what makes a misanthrope. The ex misanthrope was never a misanthrope - they simply did not belong; they had yet to find their group or niche. Once they find people they can identify with, who they have not rejected already, their sociablity-quotient suddenly multiplies exponentially like live cultures in the right conditions.
The real misanthrope is just not interested in imagining the rose bush that will grow out of the pile of manure. They will not shy away from calling out cow dung for what it is, unpleasant and undesirable - a biohazard not unlike decomposing corpses left out in the open. The only good cow dung as far as the misanthrope is concerned is when it cannot be seen or trodden on. Misanthropes make poor farmers. On second thought, misanthropes would make good farmers. I take that back, the misanthrope may love the quiet and solitude farm life affords but still may not make good farmers. Farm or no farm, cow dung is everywhere and the smell lingers in the nostrils for a while.
If the misanthrope’s best friend displays silly behaviour the misanthrope will call it out. The misanthrope’s friends and family will already be familiar with their cantankerous friend’s views of people. If they are not misanthropes themselves, these will love the misanthrope immensely or have a great sense of humour to stick around for the long haul. To be fair to the misanthrope, they can be steadfast, loving and generous. The rest of the world will never see the compassion and vulnerabilities a misanthrope exhibits only to a select group of people. The rest of the human race are inconsequential. Hence their perceptions of the misanthrope, accurate or otherwise, are also immaterial.
The misanthrope does not see the point in drama and delusions because it takes too much effort and does not lead to anything productive. Florence King who wrote “With Charity Toward None,” was a proponent of misanthropy and she's worth a read. At least have a look at this introductory article to her work.
Finally, the misanthrope takes the view that there is no hope for the human race. There is no hope for the world. Our planet is lost because we are vain, stupid and do not deserve all that was good that we have wantonly destroyed. The misanthrope will wipe the tint off your lovely glasses so you see colours as they are. When you insist on black and white they chuck shades of grey in your face. They rock the boat, challenge the status quo and make people who like to think human beings are swell queasy. They are the threat that dumb and dumber want to drug, handcuff and throw into a soundproof cell never to be seen or heard from again. That way the dumb fest can carry on singing "What a Wonderful World" unperturbed and uninterrupted.