Acquaintance of several great misanthropes of the ages, whose spiritual company soothed him and provided him with yardsticks for measuring his whims, his yearnings, and his antipathies.
This man is finding security in comparison and by measuring himself against other men who are afflicted with the same abhorrence of people. It makes him feel secure to be able to define himself by the “whims”, “yearnings” and “antipathies” of other men like him. Though he may hate people, he still wants acceptance and a way to judge and define himself.
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