Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Happy or Compassionate?

Headline on Yahoo! news today:

"Conservatives Happier than Liberals"

The story went on to explain that conservatives score better at rationalization, which helps them to rationalize away inequalities. Liberals suffer more of a psychological toll from inequalities in their society. As a result, 47% of conservatives described themselves as "very happy" compared to only 28% of liberals.

So I'm more depressed, but a more compassionate person? I think I'll take that trade. I'd rather be sadly aware of the inequalities around me than blissfully ignorant. At least awareness brings with it the opportunity to try to change things.

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