THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PESSIMISM AND INDIVIDUALISM

PALANTO

The century that just passed is without a doubt that in which pessimism found its most numerous, its most varied, its most vigorous and its most systematic interpreters. In addition, individualism was expressed in that century with exceptional intensity by representatives of high quality.

It could be interesting to bring together these two forms of thought, dominant in our era; to ask what is the logical or sentimental connection that exists between them, and to what degree pessimism engenders individualism and individualism engenders pessimism.

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MISANTHROPIC PESSIMISM

PESSIMISMOMISANTROP

The pessimism we want to study now is that which we have called misanthropic pessimism. This pessimism doesn’t proceed from an exasperated and suffering sensibility, but from a lucid intelligence exercising its critical clear-sightedness on the evil side of our species. Misanthropic pessimism appears in its grand lines as a theory of universal fraud and universal imbecility; of universal nanality and universal turpitude. As the pitiless painting of a world peopled with cretins and swindlers, of ninnies and fools.

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PESSIMISMO MISANTROPICO

PESSIMISMOMISANTROP

Il pessimismo che andremo ora ad esaminare, l’abbiamo denominato pessimismo misantropico. Questo pessimismo non scaturisce da una sensibilità esasperata e sofferta, ma da un’intelligenza lucida che getta un lucido sguardo critico sul lato oscuro della nostra specie. Il pessimismo misantropico appare in grandi linee come una teoria della frode universale e dell’universale imbecillità; della bassezza universale e dell’universale turpitudine. Come l’impietoso ritratto di un mondo popolato da cretini e lestofanti, di babbioni e pazzi.

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