By Theresa Camoriano
Leftists like to call conservatives angry, but a quick look around shows that the largest group of angry, unhappy people is on the left. The left essentially is a collection of aggrieved groups – feminists who are angry at the way women are treated, blacks who are angry about our history of slavery and Jim Crow laws and modern day “white privilege”, environmentalists who are angry at the way the earth is treated, socialists and communists who are afraid someone else is doing better than they are, along with angry LGBT and Hispanic activists. They yell and speak rudely, angrily and harshly, believing they are entitled to be obnoxious due to their grievances. It is a pity they are spending their lives in such misery and spreading their misery around to others who would prefer to be happy. Perhaps they should consider a path to a happier life.
In Dennis Prager’s book and lectures on happiness, he points out that you cannot be happy unless you are thankful. He says that gratitude is the key to happiness. While human beings are not perfect, and life will never be perfectly fair, we have the good fortune to live in a country that offers us tremendous opportunities for a good life, and we all should be very thankful for that.
Every one of the left’s aggrieved groups is treated better in this country than they would be treated anywhere else in the world at any time in history. That is a lot to be thankful for!
Do you think you would be happier going through life feeling like a victim and idly waiting for someone to take care of you, or believing that you are in control of your own life and working hard and applying your God-given talents to achieve your goals? Arthur Brooks writes about “earned success” – about the happiness that comes from hard work – and about the unhappiness that comes from being unemployed. Even people who are in so-called “dead end jobs” are much happier than those who are idle. Unfortunately, many people on the left are unemployed, including people on welfare and the idle rich.
So there are two big reasons for the unhappiness on the left. The first is a lack of gratitude, and the second is a lack of earned success.
We have a choice. We can compare our country to an imaginary, ideal society that never was and never will be and be angry and aggrieved about our country’s failure to live up to those imaginary ideals, or we can be very grateful for what others have done before us in order to establish a basically decent society and work to incrementally improve upon what we were given. We can be angry that the ideal job has not fallen into our laps, or we can take any job we can find or even create our own businesses and strive to build our own futures.
If we adopt the first approach, we will lead miserable, unhappy, unproductive lives and will spread our misery to others. If we adopt the second approach, we will be happy and free to use our creative talents to improve our lives and the lives of those around us.
The first approach leads us to leftism. The second approach leads us to conservatism. I think it is an easy choice to make.
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