The Eternal Sunshine of The Sociopathic Mind
Lord, imagine this - FAUX trumpets new "research" asserting conservatives are happier than liberals, 'cause they don't give a damn:
Regardless of marital status, income or church attendance, right-wing individuals reported greater life satisfaction and well-being than left-wingers, the new study found.
Conservatives also scored highest on measures of rationalization, which gauge a person's tendency to justify, or explain away, inequalities.
The rationalization measure included statements such as: "It is not really that big a problem if some people have more of a chance in life than others," and "This country would be better off if we worried less about how equal people are."
Whee! Inequality troubling you? Just ignore it! At least when the revolution comes, you'll have all those memories of happiness to flash back on when you're up against the wall.
Women, too, could evidently benefit from the "close your eyes" philosophy, according to the study:
The same rationalizing phenomena could apply to personal situations as well.
"There is no reason to think that the effects we have identified here are unique to economic forms of inequality," the researchers write. "Research suggests that highly egalitarian women are less happy in their marriages compared with their more traditional counterparts, apparently because they are more troubled by disparities in domestic labor."
In other words, get back in that kitchen and fix me a sandwich, woman, and you'll be happier for it!
But why not expand this concept to racial matters as well? I mean, I'm sure THOSE PEOPLE would be so much happier back on the plantation where they could pick cotton and dance with natural rhythm after work. After all, how is what this "study" is suggesting any different that that hoary racist trope?
By the way - I notice that the "study" evidently avoided questions about immigration or terrorism. How might that have affected their assertions of greater cheerfulness among conservatives? I think we can have some idea.