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(PBS)   Study after study shows that conservatives are happier than liberals. Why do you suppose this is?   (pbs.org) divider line 176
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2011-12-10 02:55:53 PM  
Ignorance is bliss?
 
2011-12-10 02:56:11 PM  
Because liberals believe the world is out of resources, that the world is gonna die, that we're going to run out of water and we'll have to start eating each other. They don't trust humanity to take care of itself and they believe we are on our own in the universe with no higher power watching out for us. No wonder they are hopeless. They are at the mercy of their superstitions.

Conservatives know none of these things are true, and we have a basic faith in humanity and God. Life is good as long as you work to make it so.
 
2011-12-10 02:57:45 PM  
Psychosis.
 
2011-12-10 02:58:09 PM  

voltOhm: Because liberals believe the world is out of resources, that the world is gonna die, that we're going to run out of water and we'll have to start eating each other. They don't trust humanity to take care of itself and they believe we are on our own in the universe with no higher power watching out for us. No wonder they are hopeless. They are at the mercy of their superstitions.

Conservatives know none of these things are true, and we have a basic faith in humanity and God. Life is good as long as you work to make it so.


Thus proving my point.
 
2011-12-10 02:58:51 PM  

make me some tea: Ignorance is bliss?


^
 
2011-12-10 02:59:23 PM  

voltOhm: they believe we are on our own in the universe with no higher power watching out for us. No wonder they are hopeless. They are at the mercy of their superstitions.


rob.nu
 
2011-12-10 03:03:07 PM  
Because...socialism?
 
2011-12-10 03:04:26 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: make me some tea: Ignorance is bliss?

^


^ times many numbers
 
2011-12-10 03:06:26 PM  

make me some tea: Ignorance is bliss?


aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand done.

thread's over folks, pack it in and head out.
 
2011-12-10 03:06:27 PM  

make me some tea: Ignorance is bliss?


Done in one.

/Turn the lights off on your way out.
 
2011-12-10 03:19:01 PM  
Because we don't pretend to give a sh*t about every little thing.
 
2011-12-10 03:28:30 PM  
I don't think I'd be happy just assigning any 'I don't know' to a mystical sky pervert, but then again, I like thinking. Quite a few people don't, and they're more than happy to have someone tell them it's all about Jebus.
 
2011-12-10 03:36:03 PM  
Because they have their own reality. The rest of us have to live in this one.
 
2011-12-10 03:41:33 PM  

make me some tea: Ignorance is bliss?


and we're done.
 
2011-12-10 03:41:47 PM  
 
2011-12-10 03:59:39 PM  

voltOhm: Because liberals believe the world is out of resources, that the world is gonna die, that we're going to run out of water and we'll have to start eating each other. They don't trust humanity to take care of itself and they believe we are on our own in the universe with no higher power watching out for us. No wonder they are hopeless. They are at the mercy of their superstitions.

Conservatives know none of these things are true, and we have a basic faith in humanity and God. Life is good as long as you work to make it so.


Lulz. Nice job, man.
 
2011-12-10 04:02:44 PM  
Because
...well, everyone is saying
It's been said....
Studies show that...
This is what I heard...
Sources say....
They're saying that....
According to popular opinion....
Our polls say....
 
2011-12-10 04:07:58 PM  

make me some tea: Ignorance is bliss?


I blame it on the sleep of the just. But maybe that's just me, and better dating choices as of late...
 
2011-12-10 04:09:07 PM  
Happier? The angry hoards at Tea Party protests say otherwise.
 
2011-12-10 04:17:15 PM  

make me some tea: Ignorance is bliss?


Done in one.
 
2011-12-10 04:53:20 PM  

make me some tea: Ignorance is bliss?


well. so much for what I was going to say.
 
2011-12-10 05:04:07 PM  

make me some tea: Thus proving my point.


3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2011-12-10 06:14:16 PM  
They're special

exiledonline.com
 
2011-12-10 06:22:01 PM  
So this is the one study that conservatives will listen to?
 
2011-12-10 06:36:27 PM  
Hah, they greened it. Nice.
 
2011-12-10 06:54:31 PM  

make me some tea: Ignorance meth is bliss?


ftfy
 
2011-12-10 06:57:43 PM  

make me some tea: Ignorance is bliss?


Done in one.
 
2011-12-10 07:22:47 PM  

make me some tea: Ignorance is bliss?


/thread
 
2011-12-10 07:24:10 PM  
+.5? Fascinating.
 
2011-12-10 07:26:52 PM  
Conservatives believe that they live in the best possible world.

Liberals think it can be better.
 
2011-12-10 07:27:00 PM  
Well, it is a lot easier to be happy when you don't give a fark about anyone or anything but yourself.
 
2011-12-10 07:28:27 PM  

Britney Spear's Speculum: So this is the one study that conservatives will listen to?


Came here to make this comment, but you said it much more concisely than I could have.
 
2011-12-10 07:31:02 PM  

voltOhm: they believe we are on our own in the universe with no higher power watching out for us.


So god protects you from harm? How so? Doesn't disaster hit Christians too?
 
2011-12-10 07:31:11 PM  

make me some tea: Ignorance is bliss?


If that hadn't been in the first three posts, I would have been VERY VERY ANGRY.
 
2011-12-10 07:31:41 PM  
Because "conservative" literally means that your position is to defend the current policy/tradition/whatever, and that would be a really odd position to take if you weren't more or less fine with said current conditions?

Whereas "liberal" is generally incorrectly conflated with "radical", meaning that you favor policies that are new in some way, which would likewise be an odd position to take if you were content with how things are going?

Just saying, I think there's some measure of the cause and effect being backward in the very question the analysis is asking, here. They just assume causation goes one way in explaining the correlation, which is sloppy science at best.

//Conservative, right-leaning socialist, if anyone hasn't picked up on that from my bad habit of regularly posting around here.
//Going to forego the usual gripe about the actual meaning of "liberal" versus the colloquial usage and grudgingly accept that I knew what TFA meant when they used the word.
 
2011-12-10 07:32:05 PM  

voltOhm: Because liberals Leftists believe the world is out of resources, that the world is gonna die, that we're going to run out of water and we'll have to start eating each other. They don't trust humanity to take care of itself and they believe we are on our own in the universe with no higher power watching out for us. No wonder they are hopeless. They are at the mercy of their superstitions.

Conservatives know none of these things are true, and we have a basic faith in humanity and God. Life is good as long as you work to make it so.


^^^THAT
 
2011-12-10 07:32:48 PM  
Every conservative person I've ever talked to acts like they hate everything around them, and are the most grumpy people to walk the earth. Therefore, TFA sucks.
 
2011-12-10 07:33:09 PM  

Dinki: voltOhm: they believe we are on our own in the universe with no higher power watching out for us. No wonder they are hopeless. They are at the mercy of their superstitions.

[rob.nu image 500x400]


Aha.. Ahaha.... HAHAA!!! HAHAHAHAHAAAA!!!! (gasp) AAHHHHHAAAHHAHAHAHAA!!!! (roommates come into bedroom thinking I've lost it. They read it too) HAHAHAHAAA!!!!x3
 
2011-12-10 07:33:25 PM  
Because Conservatives think, If I am happy now fark everyone else!!! Where liberals look about the future and other aspects of the world and are not just self involved assholes.
 
2011-12-10 07:34:40 PM  

make me some tea: Ignorance is bliss?


Done in one.
 
2011-12-10 07:35:44 PM  
If I could just dismiss nuance and say "poor people are poor becuase they're lazy and bad" "The US can do no wrong" "The Free Market Fixes Everything" and "Everyone who doesn't believe what I do is terrible" Oh and "Everyone but people like me is going to hell - god's chosen me" I'd be a whole lot happier too.

People who see reality generally um, aren't satisfied with it.
 
2011-12-10 07:38:27 PM  
Because they have a job.
 
2011-12-10 07:38:37 PM  

indylaw: make me some tea: Ignorance is bliss?

Done in one.


if anything is wrong they can either blame something else, or say its a test...
 
2011-12-10 07:44:06 PM  
So this is where we post what we think about conservatives and liberals? I'll bite. Conservatives are generally hard working and liberals are allergic to hard work/bootstraps and want to redistribute everyone's hard work? Right? Right!?
 
2011-12-10 07:44:14 PM  

make me some tea: Ignorance is bliss?


Well, there goes my witty post.
 
2011-12-10 07:46:40 PM  
I'm going to have to go with, ignorance is bliss too. The vast majority of conservatives I have known are grossly misinformed on even the most banal topics beyond the shiny trinkets their corporate masters have provided for their addictions.
 
2011-12-10 07:47:46 PM  
Ooh, ooh! Is it because Libruls are worthless piles of garbage and they know it?
 
2011-12-10 07:48:11 PM  

voltOhm: Conservatives know none of these things are true, and we have a basic faith in humanity and God. Life is good as long as you work to make it so.


I think it's because liberals and DemocRat partyists know subconsciously that they're bound for hell. God wants to torment them on earth some before handing them over to Satan. Why? For the lulz, of course.

/I wrote this post mainly because I wanted to say "DemocRat."
 
2011-12-10 07:48:47 PM  
Study as reported leaves too much unanswered....

People who self report as Liberal or Conservative could mean any number of things and these might also influence their understanding of happiness.

"Rationalizing inequality" dosent mean anything except as a cheap shot at conservatives. A person who loses a limb and learns to cope with it is "rationalizing inequality."

It might be more accurate to suggest that the current usage of the term "liberal" has more to do with identity and victim politics than with the normal continuim of left to right ideology. Likewise, "conservative" more and more refers to a set of social norms than ideology.

Liberals can't admit they are happy as they would then have to lighten up and not be in a constant state of grievance. For them, being unhappy brings meaning to their lives.

Consrevatives cant admit they are unhappy as they would then have to admit being "bootstrappy" 24/7 dosent work any better than being angry at the man does in bringing meaning to your life.

Study still looks seriously flawed.
 
2011-12-10 07:50:42 PM  

voltOhm: Because liberals believe the world is out of resources, that the world is gonna die, that we're going to run out of water and we'll have to start eating each other. They don't trust humanity to take care of itself and they believe we are on our own in the universe with no higher power watching out for us. No wonder they are hopeless. They are at the mercy of their superstitions.

Conservatives know none of these things are true, and we have a basic faith in humanity and God. Life is good as long as you work to make it so.


In other words, ignorant conservatives placate themselves with feel-good bullsh*t. Got it.

/not all Conservatives, just the ignorant ones. Like you, for an example.
 
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