Happy conservatives rationalize the cataclysm

Couple of years ago a study by the Pew Research Center found that conservatives are happier than liberals. Now we know why.

scary happy conservativesThey don’t care about you and me.

New research by two psychology profs at New York University (surely the American capital of unhappiness) find that conservatives easily rationalize poverty, inequality and unfairness. If your country is sinking beneath the rising tides created by melting icebergs and climate change, well, that’s what you get for being Bangladeshi.

Liberals, on the other hand, care deeply. And the unfairness makes us very unhappy.

This will matter even more after the climate change cataclysm. While your smiling conservative neighbors are rowing through the streets in their SUVs, shooting anything they can find for food, and shoving aside anyone who gets in their way, liberals will furrow their brows and purse their lips as they try to develop systems where each person gets a fare share of whatever’s left so we can all survive together.

It might be more fun to go out drinking with a happy conservative, but when there’s only one beer left, it’s a liberal who’ll share it with you.

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4 Responses to Happy conservatives rationalize the cataclysm

  1. Cheryl says:

    I very much put the guilt in “guilty liberal.” In fact, I could probably do with a little more liberal, a little less guilt (i.e. more action, less depressing thoughts).

    By the way, I like how my comments now show up as some kind of cool green Matisse collage. Is Vbonnaire a peach or a butt?

  2. blog52 says:

    I dunno what’s up with the avatars. As cool as these new mathematically-generated ones are, they’re overriding the one I created for myself.

    I think Vbonnaire’s is a paper lantern.

  3. vbonnaire says:

    So that explains it. Re: conservatives vs. liberals. Heartless? Or just big pharma medding them into oblivion ala Brave New World…B52, the water rising, Yep. It’s coming. I’m a paper lantern! Because of the “red light” district. I write heterosexual literary erotica, when I’m not pursuing other things. Like pottery or painting. Or effing politics.

    ps: I used to be a therapist. Life in the arts is more fun. Also, my erotica is to counteract males need for viagra in heterosexual partnerships — that way, like other big pharma meds–we won’t kill the food chain in the ocean any further. I only think about things like that part time though–what has happened to the ocean makes me VERY depressed.

  4. blog52 says:

    Literature is so much more sublime than Bob Dole’s little blue pills.

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