Agapanthrope

by Christos Polydorou

win_20170220_17_03_31_proA misanthrope is someone who hates people. The word is Greek. It draws on the root for the word hate, misos, and the word for people, anthrope, or Anthropos. Famous misanthropes are the German philosophers Ludwig Wittgenstein, Friedrich Nietzsche and Martin Heidegger, the German writer, Franz Kafka, the Danish philosopher, Søren Kierkegaard, the French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, and the Irish playwright, Oscar Wilde, who all spoke of any ill or malaise with greater sympathy than anything human. It is easy to hate, however, because it is truth. But it is not the whole truth. The whole truth has love, on the other side. So if anyone asks, tell them, that Christos, who writes on that website I look at from time to time, he is an agapanthrope, from the Greek words for love, agape, and anthrope, people. And on whose authority, are you so optimistic? Why, the music of Dutch Uncles, of course.

 

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