I came across a news story last night, reported by an Australian newspaper, which piqued my curiosity and led to some observations about the differences between the political parties:

Mental illness rise linked to climate – Erik Jensen Health – August 29, 2011

In the interest of mutual understanding, and promoting an ability to see the differences between how conservatives and liberals would each react to this news story, I offer the following short test:

1. If you already rolled your eyes at the headline, you are probably a conservative.

“Rates of mental illnesses including depression and post-traumatic stress will increase as a result of climate change, a report to be released today says.”

2. If you think this is a interesting development, and hope that it will encourage more people to take climate change seriously, then you are likely a liberal.

“The report also looks at mental health in the aftermath of major weather events possibly linked to climate change.”

3. If you’re wondering to yourself how much they spent on this nonsense, you’re probably on the political right.

“It shows that one in 10 primary school children reported symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in the wake of cyclone Larry in 2006. More than one in 10 reported symptoms more than three months after the cyclone.”

4. If your eyes are welling up over the children, THE CHILDREN, we must stop all use of fossil fuels NOW, for the CHILDREN, you are probably on the political left.

“The report, A Climate of Suffering: The Real Cost of Living with Inaction on Climate Change, called the past 15 years a ”preview of life under unrestrained global warming.”

5. If, when you read this, you laughed so hard that tears came out of your eyes, and your husband had to come in from the other room to see what was wrong with you, but you couldn’t even speak, all you could do was slap your leg and keep repeating “A Climate of Suffering – HA! You are an Average American Conservative.


I hope this helps to illuminate the varying reactions between the opposing political thought groups….