The New York Times reports that miserable bastards like myself are less likely to be bigoted than those happy people you hear so much about. Here’s the money quote:
The happier your mood, the more liable you are to make bigoted judgments — like deciding that someone is guilty of a crime simply because he’s a member of a minority group. Why? Nobody’s sure. One interesting hypothesis, though, is that happy people have an ”everything is fine” attitude that reduces the motivation for analytical thought. So they fall back on stereotypes — including malicious ones.
As the character Annie Savoy in the movie Bull Durham said, “The world is made for people who aren’t cursed with self-awareness.”