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Why are liberals so unpleasant to be around?

☆astac☆~PWCM 2012/12/23 17:49:24

Why are liberals so unpleasant to be around?

1) They're unhappy: Study after study shows that conservatives are happier people than liberals. The difference can be staggering.

In 2004, people who said they were conservative or very conservative were nearly twice as likely to say they were very happy as people who called themselves liberal or very liberal (44 percent versus 25 percent). Conservatives were only half as likely to say they were not too happy (9 versus 18 percent).

Unhappy people are generally disagreeable because when you're miserable, you tend to become very selfish. If you want an example of how that works, go hit yourself on the hand with a hammer and while you're writhing in agony, see how much time you spend thinking about helping other people as opposed to wishing you hadn't smashed your own hand.

2) Liberals don't care as much about tradition: Although it goes without saying that people who worship change for change's sake don't care very much about customs, you might wonder why that would make such a big difference. Well, as Thomas Sowell has noted, "Civilization has been aptly called a 'thin crust over a volcano.' The anointed are constantly picking at that crust."

In many cases, societal conventions represent the accumulated wisdom of previous generations. Through trial and error, they discovered that there are certain things you can do that help keep a society running well. There are reasons why people get together and sing Christmas carols in the town square, refuse to insult people immediately after they die, treat marriage as sacred, and don't turn funerals into campaign rallies. Because liberals tend to think they're smarter than all those old dead people simply by virtue of being liberal, they tend to ignore those conventions and create disorder and havoc around themselves in the process.

3) Liberals see people who disagree as evil: Liberals see themselves as part of a Manichean struggle in which they’re trying to create Utopia on earth while they’re being opposed by people who want to do evil for evil’s sake. In other words, liberals are about as complex as your average comic book from the fifties. As Charles Krauthammer has said,

To understand the workings of American politics, you have to understand this fundamental law: Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil.

When you attribute disagreements with Barack Obama to racism, opposition to gay marriage to homophobia, standing against abortion as hatred of women, and a desire to balance the budget to loathing of the poor, you have a hopelessly simplistic view of the world that makes you utterly impervious to reason. Stupid, you may be able to educate, but evil, you have to defeat -- and liberals are seldom picky about the means or the manners they use while trying to do so.

4) Liberals aren't very religious: Liberals are overwhelmingly either atheists or agnostics, people who don't take their religious beliefs very seriously in the first place, or people who allow their ideology to completely subvert their religious beliefs. This is no small matter because religion is one of the great civilizing forces. That's not to say that even sincere practitioners of a religion always do the right thing because as Rick Warren has noted, "The church is a hospital for sinners, not a hotel for saints." However, if you take human beings with open minds, put them in a pew and expose them to "Love thy neighbour as thyself" and "Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them" long enough, it will curb their nature and make them into much better people than they otherwise would have been.

5) Liberalism encourages arrogance: Liberals tend to believe they're brilliant, compassionate, moral, enlightened, perceptive, and courageous, not because of anything they've actually done, but just because they're liberal. When you completely divorce a person's self image from his behavior, it produces terrible results -- like liberals who hurl abuse at conservative women while believing that they're feminists or selfish left-wingers who've never given a dime to charity, but believe themselves to be much more compassionate than people who tithe 10% of their income.

Now, on some level, liberals know this is all a big sham. But, even that can be problematic because unstable high self-esteem actually causes more bad behavior and violent behavior than low self-esteem. As Roy Baumeister noted in Evil: Inside Human Violence and Cruelty,

The sequence goes something like this. Someone tells you that you are not very competent at something. If you are a shame-prone person, you start to experience that sinking feeling that the other person may be right and this is not the only thing that you are bad at, and maybe you are just a worthless loser in general. You start to feel panic, anxiety, and misery, and your heart beats faster. To break free of those feelings, you reject the premise. You are not incompetent in the way the other person said. The other person had no right to say that to you, and he's completely wrong. Your feelings are now directed outward at him, instead of yourself, and the effects of your faster heartbeat and general arousal transfer into intense anger at the person who has so unfairly insulted you. You want to hit him.

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  • kirby31200 2013/01/24 01:00:49
    kirby31200
    Because we're usually near conservatives. XD
  • Jrogers 2013/01/03 04:35:35
    Jrogers
    LOL....probably because the smelled a RWNJ coming their way and they are trying to get rid of the offensive odor it brought with it
  • Ashley 2012/12/29 17:14:15
    Ashley
    +1
    you have to deal with all types
  • MadMax 2012/12/27 00:36:10
    MadMax
    I got a better question, why are liberals AND conservatives so unpleasant to be around? And here's the answer you're both crazy!
  • TerryAgee 2012/12/26 16:15:50
    TerryAgee
    LOL They say the same thing about conservatives. Sorry, there's only one barrel for both monkeys.
  • wysiwis 2012/12/26 03:52:32
    wysiwis
    +2
    Once again, Great article.
  • Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆ 2012/12/25 15:35:44
    Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆
    +2
    I've noticed all five. Here, and elsewhere.
  • johnnyg 2012/12/24 23:29:01
    johnnyg
    +1
    Because they are statists who can run your life better than you can??
  • none 2012/12/24 20:30:38
  • johnpar 2012/12/24 20:01:14
    johnpar
    +1
    "The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness" By Lyle H. Rossiter, MD

    For years I have tried to discuss rationally with liberals/socialists. The only result I could get was to doubt my arguments, no matter how solid they were, because reason didn't seem powerful enough to move them. I could see that the liberal agenda was economically unsound and even against the basic facts of human nature. Just when I was giving up any possibility of ever understanding the liberal mind and its irrational assaults on reason and human nature, I came across Dr. Rossiter's book.

    Check out this definitive work on liberal insanity!
  • inewsmaster 2012/12/24 18:32:03
    inewsmaster
    +1
    Let's see, if I'm to understand this article I would need to agree that people who believe in peace, in protecting the poor, in providing health care to all, are angrier than people who want to start wars for no reason, hoard their wealth, exploit those less fortunate than them, describe 47% of Americans as losers? I doubt that very much.
  • ☆astac☆... inewsma... 2012/12/25 21:00:01
    ☆astac☆~PWCM
    Liberals do not believe in protecting the poor, nor do they want to provide healthcare to all
  • Tin Man 2012/12/24 18:09:24 (edited)
    Tin Man
    +1
    Their smiles are broken. smiles broken
  • Walt 2012/12/24 17:44:23 (edited)
    Walt
    +2
    If I had to add an additional reason it would be number 6.) Liberals are frequently irrational, as irrational as any Alzheimer patient. Nothing you can do or say will pull them out of the delusional world they live in and if you try, they often get violent.
  • bill.fleming.77 2012/12/24 17:39:57
    bill.fleming.77
    +1
    Not sure if I agree with the assumptions being made. I think some liberals feel a sense of unjust in the world that they personally feel they are responsible for fixing or they themselves have suffered the slings and arrows of some outrageous fortune.

    They feel they must fix these perceived issues. This makes them feel just and important and anyone who does not agree with them, thus taking away their sense of importance, does nothing but make them angry and hateful against the people that are not aligned with their beliefs.

    We all have been in that conversation with a liberal whereas when you start to disagree with them they start to ratchet up and out of control and then we are called names and then blocked.

    I think the last paragraph makes a lot of sense as well:

    "The sequence goes something like this. Someone tells you that you are not very competent at something. If you are a shame-prone person, you start to experience that sinking feeling that the other person may be right and this is not the only thing that you are bad at, and maybe you are just a worthless loser in general. You start to feel panic, anxiety, and misery, and your heart beats faster. To break free of those feelings, you reject the premise. You are not incompetent in the way the other person s...
    Not sure if I agree with the assumptions being made. I think some liberals feel a sense of unjust in the world that they personally feel they are responsible for fixing or they themselves have suffered the slings and arrows of some outrageous fortune.

    They feel they must fix these perceived issues. This makes them feel just and important and anyone who does not agree with them, thus taking away their sense of importance, does nothing but make them angry and hateful against the people that are not aligned with their beliefs.

    We all have been in that conversation with a liberal whereas when you start to disagree with them they start to ratchet up and out of control and then we are called names and then blocked.

    I think the last paragraph makes a lot of sense as well:

    "The sequence goes something like this. Someone tells you that you are not very competent at something. If you are a shame-prone person, you start to experience that sinking feeling that the other person may be right and this is not the only thing that you are bad at, and maybe you are just a worthless loser in general. You start to feel panic, anxiety, and misery, and your heart beats faster. To break free of those feelings, you reject the premise. You are not incompetent in the way the other person said. The other person had no right to say that to you, and he's completely wrong. Your feelings are now directed outward at him, instead of yourself, and the effects of your faster heartbeat and general arousal transfer into intense anger at the person who has so unfairly insulted you. You want to hit him."
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  • OPOA912 2012/12/24 16:59:04
    OPOA912
    +2
    If you cried and whined all the time, you'd be unhappy and a liberal.
  • ppk007@cfl.rr.com 2012/12/24 15:49:21 (edited)
    ppk007@cfl.rr.com
    +1
    My thoughts - I wonder if the "studies" that indicate that conservatives are happier, were conducted by some of the same sources that predicted that Romney would be elected in a landslide.....lastly, if true - and conservatives are happier people...then I guess the old saying - "Ignorance is bliss" - would be an appropriate statement.

    ** Please note that one of the above studies was conducted in 2004 - Bush was POTUS - I am sure that many conservatives were happy --- however, betcha that has changed....LOL
  • ProudProgressive 2012/12/24 15:17:50
    ProudProgressive
    +2
    LOL nice try. In a year where "hatemonger" and "conservative" have become more synonymous than ever, it's funny that you look for source material from some of the better ones at it. I'm still waiting for Thomas Sowell to say ONE thing that isn't ignorant and deliberately divisive, and Charles Krauthammer hasn't had a sane word to say in well over a decade.

    And you're out of date as well. Of course Republicans were happy in 2004. They had a Right Wing figurehead President, control of both houses of Congress, and the most activist Conservative Supreme Court in history. Things have changed, and the conservatives have spent the last four years saying and doing anything they could to increase the divide in this country - between rich and poor, between black and white, between male and female, between evangelical Christian and every other belief system, between heterosexual and homosexual and every other division they could find. And it isn't liberals who see disagreement as a sign of evil. Conservatives have not simply disagreed with anything the President has done, they have created paranoid fantasies about surrendering American sovereignty, imposing sharia law on America, creating FEMA Concentration camps and of course taking everyone's guns away, none of which have any b...





    LOL nice try. In a year where "hatemonger" and "conservative" have become more synonymous than ever, it's funny that you look for source material from some of the better ones at it. I'm still waiting for Thomas Sowell to say ONE thing that isn't ignorant and deliberately divisive, and Charles Krauthammer hasn't had a sane word to say in well over a decade.

    And you're out of date as well. Of course Republicans were happy in 2004. They had a Right Wing figurehead President, control of both houses of Congress, and the most activist Conservative Supreme Court in history. Things have changed, and the conservatives have spent the last four years saying and doing anything they could to increase the divide in this country - between rich and poor, between black and white, between male and female, between evangelical Christian and every other belief system, between heterosexual and homosexual and every other division they could find. And it isn't liberals who see disagreement as a sign of evil. Conservatives have not simply disagreed with anything the President has done, they have created paranoid fantasies about surrendering American sovereignty, imposing sharia law on America, creating FEMA Concentration camps and of course taking everyone's guns away, none of which have any basis in reality whatsoever, but are intended simply to cast the President of the United States as evil.

    Liberals are just as religious as Conservatives. The difference is that Liberals see religion as each person's individual choice, while Conservatives see religion as something that they have to force everyone else to accept.

    And Liberals are not arrogant - they really are more educated, more intelligent, more compassionate, more moral, more enlightened, more perceptive and more courageous. No offense, but most conservatives are ignorant, selfish cowards.

    Conservatives may well see liberals as unpleasant to be around, just as criminals see police officers as unpleasant to be around, sinners see clergymen as unpleasant to be around, misbehaving students see teachers as unpleasant to be around, etc. You feel uncomfortable because we remind you of all of your failings.
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  • ruralntex 2012/12/24 15:10:00
    ruralntex
    +1
    Liberals want something else.
  • mich52 2012/12/24 14:42:07
  • ProudPr... mich52 2012/12/24 15:19:18
    ProudProgressive
    +1
    Thomas Sowell as well. It's amazing how many different sources of ignorance the conservatives hava available.
  • mich52 ProudPr... 2012/12/24 15:57:23
  • ☆astac☆... ProudPr... 2012/12/25 21:00:56
    ☆astac☆~PWCM
    +1
    Is it because Sowell is black and not a democrat
  • Jeff Smith 2012/12/24 14:36:19
    Jeff Smith
    +3
    Impatient and demanding
  • Meako 2012/12/24 14:32:11
  • Jeff Smith Meako 2012/12/24 14:40:49
  • Meako Jeff Smith 2012/12/24 15:01:25
    Meako
    +1
    Yea, he can really go off.....
  • wysiwis Meako 2012/12/26 03:30:06
    wysiwis
    +1
    Dang!!! I may have to start watching him.
  • Meako wysiwis 2012/12/26 06:48:21
    Meako
    Yep, he represents conservatives well.
  • Rogue_Loner 2012/12/24 14:11:59 (edited)
  • robert 2012/12/24 13:55:44
    robert
    +4
    They attack you if you disagree with their "progressive agenda" ....most are not a bit senseable when you try reasoning with them
  • macbeth 2012/12/24 13:43:53
    macbeth
    +1
    People with strong religious faith also rate more highly on the happiness scale than agnostics or atheists.
    Still doesn't make me want to join them.
  • Jackie G - Poker Playing Pa... 2012/12/24 13:14:34
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    +3
    Hawkins does it again - good post
  • hatter 2012/12/24 13:11:50
    hatter
    +3
    Do you have a probe in my head. Cause I was thinking the same thing. Religeon rules are rules that have been perfected over the course of about 6000 years. And they work for society.
  • ProudPr... hatter 2012/12/24 15:20:02
    ProudProgressive
    Perfected? I respectfully disagree.
  • hatter ProudPr... 2012/12/25 03:52:17
    hatter
    +1
    Ok not perfected. But still work. People trying to put in new ideas and their not working. Man just can't handle the freedom of no self conscious.
  • Andrew 2012/12/24 12:13:29
    Andrew
    +5
    They also cannot abide the free speech rights of their opposition. They are constantly attempting to make us look stupid by calling us stupid because they cannot deal with logic!
  • ProudPr... Andrew 2012/12/24 15:23:15
    ProudProgressive
    +1
    We don't have to make you (collectively) look stupid. You do that all by yourself. And it seems to be you who have a problem with freedom of speech. When people disgusted with Rush Limbaugh's slanders against an innocent private citizen contacted Limbaugh's advertisers and expressed their opinion you accused them of trying to suppress Limbaugh's free speech rights when all they were doing was exercising their own. Same with the homophobe who runs Chick-Fil-A. When people chose to express their disapproval by not buying the guy's chicken, you again accused them of trying to suppress the First Amendment. To a conservative, freedom of speech only applies to them, and any speech that condemns their views is attacked.
  • Andrew ProudPr... 2012/12/24 16:29:12 (edited)
    Andrew
    +3
    I fully support the failed efforts of Progressives (Regressives) like yourself trying to affect change with your boycotts! They always fail miserably anyhow! I never complained about them. I just thought they were foolish and would fail, which they did. You just proved my point! Thanks!
  • ProudPr... Andrew 2012/12/24 17:00:48
    ProudProgressive
    +1
    Whether successful nor not, the right to free speech is not something that Liberals oppose.

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