His disdain for people led him into a profession designed to serve them

from Toni Morrison – Soaphead Church Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

It is very ironic that Soaphead the misanthrope would choose an occupation that is intended to help people. Even though he is a misanthrope, he wants to help people because he secretly desires to be accepted.

Wherever he went, he took along his things, and was always searching for others.

Unfortunately for Soaphead, he is not accepted and begins to try and justify his misanthropy.

In the Foreword of this book, Toni Morrison writes that she

was interested in something else. Not resistance to the contempt of others, way to deflect it, but the far more tragic and disabling consequences of accepting rejection as legitimate, as self-evident. I knew that some victims of powerful self-loathing turn out to be dangerous, violent, reproducing the enemy…. Others surrender their identity…. But there are some who collapse, silently, anonymously, with no voice to express or acknowledge it.

Soaphead falls victim to the same type of rejection Toni Morrison writes about. Being the victim of rejection, he also loses his “voice to express or acknowledge” his rejection and in response transforms into a lonely misanthrope.

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