Friday, September 16, 2011

Identity, belonging, happiness

Researchers in the US have tied the racial identity of African Americans to higher levels of happiness:

the researchers surveyed black adults in Michigan. The results suggest the more the participants identified with being black -- or the more being black was an important part of who they are -- the more happy they were with life as a whole, Yap said.

The study also explored the reasons behind the connection. Yap said it may be fueled by a sense of belongingness -- that is, blacks with a strong sense of racial identity may feel more connected to their racial group, which in turn makes them happy.

That's a credible finding. The more atomised society becomes, the more likely we are to feel a sense of alienation. Those who are able to identify positively with their race/ethnic tradition are likely to be less vulnerable to such alienation.

(via VFR)

9 comments:

  1. The only real purpose of publicizing this finding is to push for further atomization of society. Turning the West into an African-style group-spoils system rife with eternal conflict will be justified on the basis that it makes non-whites happier!

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  2. Of course, this correlation is completely dwarfed by the one linking happiness and religious devotion, which gets zero press.

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  3. "...blacks with a strong sense of racial identity may feel more connected to their racial group, which in turn makes them happy."

    It is quite amusing to see these bumptious idiots wasting time and resources in a pointless sociological research only to call our attention to the obvious.

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  4. Well gee, they get propagandized from kindergarten onwards on how important "black identity" is, so naturally they think it is important and it makes them happy.

    There is nothing natural or inevitable about this finding. The "racial/ethnic tradition" of American blacks is a totally artificial creation.

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  5. I think that is a good study.

    I have seen it in my own life. There's this subset of blacks who are just plain 'good' people. They marry other blacks, they hang out with other blacks. They have a community and I admire that. I don't want to be part of it, but I appreciate them.

    I have several black male 'friends' who are married to good black women and have good lives.

    I'm an evil racist but I realize that we are all victims of post 1965 America.

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  6. I suppose that persons of other groups, say persons of white anglo-saxon protestant background might reasonably take pride in the great achievements of their culture; the rise of the rule of law, the ideal of limited accountable government, a high level of social trust, to mention only a few. But modern liberalism forbids this in pursuit of its dream of absolute human universalism.

    For the liberal, human identity is atavistic, and purely epiphenomenal; it is of no more significance than ethnic food or dress at a neighborhood festival.

    Nevertheless, it seems that in spite of all efforts to suppress particular identities, they continue to be a powerful force. History suggests that they are constitutive of the person, that there is a primordial human tendency to form and find meaning in such identities, be they national, religious, ethnic, linguistic, etc.

    So it is not too surprising that research would find that group identity is an important element in happiness. Burke saw it long ago; it is our "little platoons" that make our lives meaningful.

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  7. I suppose that persons of other groups, say persons of white anglo-saxon protestant background might reasonably take pride in the great achievements of their culture; the rise of the rule of law, the ideal of limited accountable government, a high level of social trust, to mention only a few. But modern liberalism forbids this in pursuit of its dream of absolute human universalism.

    For the liberal, human identity is atavistic, and purely epiphenomenal; it is of no more significance than ethnic food or dress at a neighborhood festival.

    Nevertheless, it seems that in spite of all efforts to suppress particular identities, they continue to be a powerful force. History suggests that they are constitutive of the person, that there is a primordial human tendency to form and find meaning in such identities, be they national, religious, ethnic, linguistic, etc.

    So it is not too surprising that research would find that group identity is an important element in happiness. Burke saw it long ago; it is our "little platoons" that make our lives meaningful.
    -"Thucydides"

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  8. "...blacks with a strong sense of racial identity may feel more connected to their racial group, which in turn makes them happy."

    And whites who feel the same way are sent to re-education camps for being evil racists.

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  9. Anonymous 8:38am

    "But modern liberalism forbids this in pursuit of its dream of absolute human universalism."

    Good point. If modern western racial politics is about the dominate whites being "generous" to everyone else, then we're in real trouble if we get to such a state where need everyone else to be generous to us.

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