«If we take as one definition of a misanthrope, "Someone who does not suffer fools and likes to see fools suffer," we realize at once that we are dealing with an individual who has something to look forward to. Misanthropes have the "vision thing" down pat.
Anticipating the spectacle of seeing fools suffer makes us wake up in the morning with a song in our hearts, even when the suffering fool is an American president with the power to drag us all down with him. A misanthropic Philistine no doubt would have said, "Hey, wouldn't it be a gas if we could get this guy Samson to come over to the temple?"
No matter what wastelands we must endure, our motto is: It was worth it.»
Personally, I say that anyone can be a mere sociopath. But the precondition to being an actual misanthrope is making sure that not just anyone suffers, but that fools suffer, and spectacularly. And if other people suffer too, by the millions, by the billions, then well, these things happen.
It's a higher calling.
It's the American way!
And it was worth it.